Q and A with Hornet of the Week Ashley Saba
The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 20th student-athlete selected this year is women's track and field senior Ashley Saba.
This past Friday, Saba set two personal-bests at the Lafayette/Rider Games at The Armory in New York City. In the mile run, she finished in a time of 5:30.33, and followed that with a time of 2:33.35 in the 800-meter run.
Why did you choose Lynchburg College?
I knew I wanted a small school and when I came to visit I fell in love with the campus. When I was walking around the campus I could see myself there for 4 years and I could see the members of the team that I met becoming my family away from home.
How do you think being a student-athlete has affected you personally?
Being a student-athlete has helped me stay focused on what matters to me and be better at time management. You do not get much free time, so you have to make sure you are productive whenever you get a chance to do school work and also manage to get in some time to relax and hang out so you can enjoy the year.
What is your favorite moment thus far as a Hornet?
My favorite moment as a Hornet was winning cross country ODAC's as a team my freshmen year, and then coming full circle to this year's ODAC meet. We didn't win it, but I had my best race ever and the feeling I had after crossing the line was something I will never forget. It was amazing to know that all my hard work paid off and then to see all my other teammates finish the race and have the three other seniors have great races really made it one of the best days. It was bitter sweet to think back to freshmen year and realize that it was the end, but doing well in this race really made me excited to see how much I could improve in track and it got me ready to start track season.
What do you like most about LC track and field?
The thing I like best about LCTF is the meets. Being there are so many different types of events we all practice at different times with our event coach. It is only on the weekend at a meet where we are able to come together as a full team. It is great to know that you will always have a bunch of people cheering you on and we get to see all of the hard work we put in during the week pay off.
How did the track and field team affect your decision to attend Lynchburg College?
I told myself I wasn't going to let athletics influence where I went for school, but as I neared the end of my senior year I realized I wasn't ready to give up competitive running yet. When it came down to my final decision I decided I wanted to be a member of Lynchburg's team. I felt as though I fit in really well with the other runners that I met and I loved the coaching staff.
What are your aspirations after graduation?
Starting in August I will be enrolled in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the University of South Carolina.
How have the coaches helped you in your progression as an overall student-athlete?
The coaches are constantly reminding us the importance of our academic work. Depending on your QPA you have to attend two sessions of study hall a week and they enforce consequences if we do not go. They are also really good about scheduling workout times around our schedules and accommodating to different lectures we might be interested in attending or projects we have to do for class.