The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 30th student-athlete selected this year is women's track and field junior Candice Hairston.
Candice won her first gold medal at an Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship meet this past weekend. She took the long jump title with a distance of 17'3.85". She also helped the 4x100 meter relay finish second at the meet in a time of 49.69.
Why did you choose Lynchburg College?
When I came to visit, I liked how personable the tour guides were and the sense of community LC's campus had compared to other schools I visited.
What do you like most about LC track and field?
Although sometimes I may not want to go to practice, it's hard to keep that attitude with the guys on the team. Everyone has such a great sense of humor. You'll never be able to keep a straight face around them.
How did the track and field team affect your decision to attend Lynchburg College?
I actually wasn't sure if I would continue to do track out of high school, but the coach at the time was so persistent at contacting me I thought I might as well try. Three years later, I am still here!
How did it feel to win your first medals at an ODAC meet this past weekend?
This was my first time getting a first place ODAC medal outside of relays. I was really excited especially since I wasn't seeded to win long jump. It made it even more special that my parents and sister were there to witness it.