Georgia Southern in not known for it's track and field program but that's about to change thanks to athletes like Nicole Brown.
"I was a basketball player player and it's all about the jumps. I said if I'm coming to run track, I'm not coming to run around track, I want to jump into the sand."
says Nicole Brown. "And I fell in love with the long jump for awhile and triple jump added to it and I got involved in triple jump and that's why I came to Georgia Southern."
And the rest as they say is history. And for Nicole Brown she made history. She is the first female track and field athlete from Georgia Southern to go to the NCAA championships.
"Coach called me on the phone and she was quiet with it and she said you made long jump and I told her to 'stop playing'" says Nicole.
"I'm really excited," says Head Coach Natalie Smith, "This will be my first division one athlete to take to the national championships. So for me I think this is not just huge for me but huge for Georgia Southern because it is a first."
Nicole qualified for the NCAA's in the triple jump after winning the east region title and she received an at large bid in the long jump.
"I'm going to give it my all ," Nicole adds, "I'll put it out there pretty much. I want to make it to finals and compete all four days."
"She gives 110% everyday." adds Coach Smith.
While her track career takes off, Nicole stays grounded.
"Definitely education is #1 you can't fail, you don't know when you might get an injury and you might not be able to come back into the game." she says.
And she thanks her role models for instilling in her that winning attitude. Her mother and Coach Smith.
Reported by: Melissa Maikos, firstname.lastname@example.org