NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, U.K. from March 1-4. During the competition, Cheeseborough-Guice worked specifically with American sprinters and hurdlers on the women’s side.
Throughout the competition, the United States won the most gold medals (6), silver medals (10) and total medals (18). USA’s women’s sprinters and hurdlers won two individual gold medals and two silver medals.
Cheeseborough-Guice reflected on her experience.
TSUTigers.com: What were some of your overall impressions of the experience?
Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice: “There were some good highlights. I assisted with the sprints and hurdles, so that was the 60 (meters), the 400 meter runners and the hurdles on the women’s side. Just to know four of six came home with the medals of the ones I was assisting with, that was a good experience. Just getting to know the new kids on the block – I think there’s been a changing of the guards and there are a lot of new people, a lot of new faces.”
TSU: What was the highlight for you?
CCG: “Just to see the young people medal and be excited about their career and what they’re doing. Those were the highlights for me.”
TSU: Were you able to pick up anything from the experience that you’ll be able to use at TSU?
CCG: “While we were on the practice track in the warm-up area, I was just watching some of the hurdle drills and some of the things that different athletes may be doing. I picked up a couple of things that I feel like I can bring back to my program to strengthen some areas that we may be weak in.”
TSU: How does the USA connection help in recruiting?
CCG: “I think it opens some doors for recruiting. I met some high school coaches and others who have connections in different parts of the United States and Jamaica. We’ll see if we can make some connections and bring some kids in to help bring our program back up great again. It does open the opportunity when recruits read that I’m with Team USA - that sparks young people.”
TSU: Why is working with USA Track and Field important to you?
CCG: “I think it’s always good to give back because I’ve been there, I’ve done that. On the relays and in sprints, two golds and a silver. I enjoy going and sharing my story with younger athletes. Let them know that it just didn’t start here with you. There’s a lot of people who paved the way to make it possible for you to be here.”