NASHVILLE --- Former Tiger Quamel Prince will run in the 2019 World Championship for his home country Guyana. The World Championships begin, Friday, Sept. 27 in Doha, Qatar at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium. Prince will compete in the 800m event alongside 49 athletes from 31 countries.
We spoke with Quamel about his experience running professionally and his time since leaving Tennessee State.
What's life been like since you graduated from TSU?
It’s just been different. More time on my hands, just running and napping a lot. No classes, I’m just running and trying to stay healthy.
Talk about the differences between running on a collegiate team and running professionally.
At TSU, the competition was good, but it wasn’t great. On the high level, you have to come with it and be on your game. College was more laid back... less competition.
How is training different?
Mentally, I try to stay as good as I can, because you’re on a different level. Once you run slow, you start to doubt yourself and I’m signed now. I have to stay mentally tough. In college, I did a lot of sprint work. I run 40 miles a week now. I didn't do a lot of mileage in college, and that's made a difference.
How was the experience of signing with New Balance?
I definitely didn’t expect it. Before I came to DC my coach and I talked about it being a possibility. I was just happy. It was a humbling experience and I’m just happy to get that.
You're now competing for Guyana, talk about competing for your home country and what led to that decision?
I was always from Guyana, but not many ever knew I was. I ran one race and qualified for the US Championship. All along, I knew it was a possibility I could compete for Guyana at his year's World Championship. It's a huge event to compete in so it wasn’t an opportunity we could miss and decided it was the next step.
What's the difference between Guyana and how long have you been in the US?
I lived there until I was about 10 or 11 years old. It was a lot different just because of the culture, the food and people. The US is more strict. If you could imagine a Caribbean island - it’s just a different lifestyle.
Favorite TSU moment ?
My favorite sports memory from TSU was winning the 400m and won the 800m. My favorite school moment was walking across that stage.
How do you keep in touch with Tennessee State?
I keep in touch with Coach Cheese and some of the newer athletes we communicate through Instagram.
What's your advice for TSU athletes trying to run professionally?
I would say take it one day at a time. Don’t think you’re on your own. You’re not in college. They don’t baby you as much. Sometimes you have to find ways to get places. If it's something you want to do, you’ll make the right decisions.