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Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

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Jill Laurendeau

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Jill Laurendeau

Tim Llewellyn/The Hoya Jill Laurendeau

Sport: Track & Field

Events: 800m, 1500m, 800m distance medly relay, 1500m distance medley relay and 4 x 800m relay

Hometown: Manchester, N.H.

High School: Manchester Central

School/Year: MSB ’03

Major: Undecided

Age: 21

High School Highlights: Helped lead track & field team to Class L State, City, New England and National Championships … Won state titles in 55m, 300m, 600m, 800m and 1000m … Owns school records in 55m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4 x 100m relay, 4 x 400m relay, 4 x 800m relay and sprint medley relay … Earned 11 varsity letters … Two-year captain

Georgetown Highlights: Member of 2001 Big East Cross-Country Championship team … Earned All-American honors by running lead-off leg of sixth-place distance medley relay squad at NCAA Indoor Championships (11:17.91) … Qualified for National Championships in 1500m … Member of runner-up 4 x 800m and DMR sqauds at ECAC and Big East Championships … Member of Big East Indoor Championship team … Personal records – 800m: 2:06.34; 800m Carry: 2:07.7; 1200m Carry: 3:38.9; 1500m: 4:21.65.

You are transferring to the college from the business school. Why make the switch? I’ve done better in the classes in the college. I’m not as great in math as I am in English. [The business school] probably is not the best place for girls who don’t like numbers.

How will you complete your requirements on time to graduate? I’m going to stay a fifth year.

Favorite Quote: “Believe.”

How old were you when you first started to run competitively? 13

Do you have any siblings? Two brothers. One older, Robbie, 24. One younger, Critter, 14.

Favorite Team: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Favorite place: On the water.

Worst fear: Failure … or spiders. They’re really close.

Three magaizes you want on your coffee table: Runner’s World, Sports Illustrated and Martha Stewart.

Three books in your ideal library: “Hamlet,” Green Eggs and Ham and Chicken Soup for the Soul

What event could you run 100 times and never get tired? The 800m. It’s not too long, not too short.

One poster on your wall: A poster of Michael Johnson and my coach, Julie Henner, in the early `90s at the Penn Relays.

Name three people, dead or alive, you would want to have dinner with, and what would you eat? Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey and Phil Night, CEO of Nike. We would eat Peeps.

You are given a ticket to anywhere the world. Where do you go? Switzerland. I would want to climb the Alps.

If you could be great at any sport besides track, what would it be and why? I’d want to be a surfer, because that’s something I’ve never been able to try and I’ve always wanted to.

What CD is in your CD player right now? A mix with OAR, Dave atthews Band and other groups.

One word you would use to describe yourself: Fun

One word you mother would use to describe you: Sweet

Quality you find most annoying in someone: Rudeness

Quality you find most intriguing in someone: Sincerity

Favorite class at Georgetown: Ecology of the Oceans with Professor Sze. It’s the most entertaining class I’ve ever taken. He’s hilarious. He loves ecology. He loves the ocean. He has so much enthusiasm when he’s teaching. He jumps around and he stutters with excitement. He’s like five feet tall and probably 20 pounds.

Georgetown often gets some interesting speakers to come to campus. What is the best speech you have ever heard in person? Jim Ryan – he had the world record in the mile till this past spring [when Allen Webb broke it]. I saw him speak this summer.

Your house is on fire, and you can take three things with you. What do you take? A pair of shoes and my coat and a snack. I have something on my feet, I’m warm and I have something to eat while I watch my house burn to the ground.

If you could change one thing about track, what would you change? I wouldn’t change anything.

What is under your bed right now? My roommate, Allison.

– Interview by John-Paul Hezel

In the Spolight Elena Elster – Oct. 12, 2001 Yulia Vtyurina – Oct. 5, 2001 Nate Port – Sep. 28, 2001 Sean Peterson – Sep. 21, 2001

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