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Sophia Treakle Senior Profile
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Release: 01/25/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke track and field team returns to action at the Armory Collegiate on February 1-2.  Recently, sat down with senior hurdler Sophia Treakle to learn morea about the Asheville, N.C., native. What is your favorite part of being a Duke student- athlete?
Sophia Treakle:
Probably the community and all the support from the team and the staff and academics. You don't realize the kind of community you're going to be a part of but it's really tight knit going to all the games and support comes from all sides. What has been your favorite class at Duke?
I took a class called 'Africa in Hollywood' and it was really interesting. We went from older to modern representations of Africa in Hollywood, looking at the fragmented and re-pieced images that are created by Hollywood to create an image about the country like the United States public. It was pretty interesting. What has been your least favorite class at Duke?
Probably anything involving numbers, I have to take a math class this semester and I could probably say what I'm going to get. The math and sciences, they just don't click with me. What is your favorite spot on campus?
I don't know if it's my favorite but a really pretty spot is Few Tower. Tell us about the time when you first started running track.
ST: I first start running track when I was 9 years old.  I went to a practice and I saw these two high school guys practicing hurdles and they were number one and two in the country. Apparently, I don't remember this, but apparently I turned to my mom and I said, "I want to do that," and I've hurdled ever since. If you could compete in any other track and field event what would it be?
ST: I always thought the triple jump was really cool, or high jump. Do you have any pre-competition rituals?
ST: I do a lot of visualization before. I don't know if it's ever shown before but I don't talk to anyone before a race and then just getting into the blocks and how I set up my start. Do you have a favorite workout? Least favorite workout?
ST: Favorite workouts are probably the ones track people consider 'easy'. Probably the hardest workout I've ever done was 3 x 600 meters with very little rest. I almost passed out after. Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
ST: My parents have been incredible and they've always been people that said I can do anything I wanted to do. Also, the first coach that introduced me to hurdling when I was 10 years. He's almost like a grandfather to me now and I kind of credit him with teaching me how to hurdle. Another coach, who was my high school cross country coach. I send him post cards, talked to him on the phone. They've all been major figures in my life. What's your favorite midnight snack?
ST: Peanut butter. Do you have any hidden talents?
ST: I do, I can hula hoop and play violin at the same time. Do you have a proudest moment at Duke?
ST: Almost our entire track team we went to CC Spaulding Elementary School and we did a field day there for over one hundred kids. It was a little bit chaotic and a lot was going on but everyone had a really good time. I was really impressed with the fact that almost everybody went and took time out of their day to go and play for three hours [Highlights from CC Spaulding].