The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The thirteenth student-athlete selected this year is women's track and field thrower junior Britney Gulick.
Gulick started off the 2012-13 indoor track and field season at the Liberty Kickoff and Multi with a bang. She registered a career best in the weight throw, reaching a distance of 45'2.5". Only Division I athletes finished with further throws.
Why did you choose Lynchburg College?
I chose Lynchburg College because of the atmosphere that I saw when I came down for my visit. It was a very welcoming feeling when I arrived and I knew that this place was going to be my second home. I wanted to get out of state for college and Lynchburg is a small school where you can get a good education and know that you are going to have a full support system helping you all the way through.
How do you think being a student-athlete has affected you personally?
By being a student-athlete you are definitely faced with challenges on a day to day basis. It is a lot of hard work and dedication, but being an athlete as well as a student has helped me grow as a person. It teaches me time management, discipline and motivates me to be the best that I can be inside and out of the classroom. You are going to hit bumps in the road, but in the end you become a better person. Failure is something that I have faced in my athletic career and without it, I don't know where I would be today. I felt that the failures that I've been through have made me a stronger person and make me want to push myself even harder. Being an athlete is a way of life for me now and it always will be. Once an athlete, always an athlete.
How has being a member of the women's track and field team helped you throughout college?
Being on the track and field team has helped me throughout college because I know what I will always have a constant support system. We have a great team that pushes each other to do their best and is constantly challenging one another to be the best that we can be. It is good to know that if I need help with something there is always someone there to support and work with me on the team, whether it is with school work or technique. The team is definitely a positive influence on my life and I am glad that I can be a part of something like this.
What was it like to PR at the first meet of the season in the weight throw?
It felt great to get a PR at the first meet. It felt good knowing that all the hard work I put in during the summer and fall actually paid off. I definitely want to get a bigger PR this season, but this was a great start at the first meet. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season and hoping that I'll break some records and make it to nationals.