RICHMOND, Va. - Winter is just around the corner and while for most it means snow and cold weather, for the VCU women's track & field squad that means the start of the indoor season. The Rams have been hitting the track hard this fall preparing to make a run at the CAA Championship in the spring. 

Junior Theresa Trader has been a valuable talent in the hurdles for the Black & Gold and before she dove headfirst into the start of the winter season, VCU Athletic Communications Student Assistant Nan Turner caught up with her to find out a little more about the Purcellville, Va. native.

NT: What's your favorite thing about VCU?
My favorite thing about VCU is how there is never a dull moment. No matter where you go you see something going on, whether it's an athletic, club, or just random student event.

NT: When you're no on the track, what do you like to do in your free time?
Whenever I have time away from the track, and no studying to do, I like to draw or just relax with friends.

NT: If you could play on any other VCU sports team, which one would you choose? Why?
I would definitely play soccer! I have played ever since I was 5 and just recently started running track, I still miss the game.

NT: Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
Unoriginal I know, but my mom has been the most influential person in my life. We have always been so close and no matter what I do she is there supporting me 100%.

NT: What are you most looking forward to this season?
Watching the whole team grow stronger and winning outdoor conference!

NT: What's your favorite and least favorite part of a meet day?
My favorite part about a track meet is standing at the line right before a race, heart pounding, adrenaline rushing. My least favorite part is having to wake up extra early and sitting in an overcrowded van for hours, not my cup o'tea.

NT: What's something people would be surprised to know about you?
I live on a horse farm and have a horse named Little Man. My friends call it Trader Farms.

NT: If you had to describe yourself in one word what would it be and why?
Driven – when I set my mind on achieving something I do everything I can to succeed.

Quick Hits

Favorite place to eat in Richmond?  Famous Dave's, gotta love their ribs!
School you'd like to attend if you weren't at VCU? Virginia Tech because the campus is so pretty
Favorite pump up song?
"Remember the Name" – Fort Minor
Favorite place to shop? Forever 21
TV show? House or Jersey Shore
Movie? Kung Fu Panda…long story behind this one
Funniest teammate? Dionna Hayes
Favorite class this semester? Sculpture – my time to unwind
Favorite vacation spot? Little place in the mountains called Orkney Springs