Getting to Know Janiah Brown of USC Track & Field

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Athletics | 21 October 2021

Junior Janiah Brown This is her first season as a distance runner on the USC track and cross country teams. She came to USC after two seasons at Mt. SAC, fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a Trojan horse. We were lucky enough to catch up with her the other day.

Question: How did you enjoy your first season at USC?

JB: I love her so much. It was amazing, honestly. It’s such an honor to be a part of this team and to be a part of such an incredible program. With athletics, with academics, I have so much support and I have private lessons. It is unlike anything I have experienced before so I am really happy to be here.

Question: Why did you choose USC?

JB: This school has always been a dream of mine since I was little. I always wanted to go to USC. It didn’t work out after high school, but in college (Mt. SAC) I just worked hard and got here. I am so happy.

Question: Have you always raced cross country?

JB: I’ve been cross-country skiing since I was around 11, so I’m pretty used to it, I like it. It helps me with the trail. It helps me get stronger, so I enjoy the sport. It is sometimes a little difficult, but I get by with it.

Question: What do you think is your favorite event?

JB: 800m, I really like the 800m

Question: Did you play other sports while growing up?

JB: In college I played volleyball and basketball, but the track has always been the main sport.

Question: Do you have any goals for this season?

JB: I want to have a PR and I want to go to Nationals and Pac-12s. I just want to be in good mental and physical health.

Question: What is it about you that people might not know?

JB: People might not know I’m left-handed, it’s something different.

Question: Use three adjectives to describe yourself and explain why?

JB: I should say funny… I think I’m pretty funny (laughing). I am a hard worker and I think I am a caring person. It may not seem like it sometimes, but I care about my teammates a lot. I might not show it, but I care about them.

Question: Do you listen to music to warm up before a race?

JB: So with the music, I stopped listening to music during the warm-ups. I have noticed that it distracts me. I just get into the song too much and I love to hear what is happening to meet the track, what is happening around me, so I just stopped listening to music.

Question: Is there a place you like to go or something you like to do when you really want to get away from things…?

JB: I like to come home (Calabasas, California), like my father and be with my family. It’s a great place to get away and be with your family and have time to bond with them.

Question: Do you cook your own meals or do you have a favorite spot?

JB: No, I’m going to (Petit) Galen’s.

Question: Do you have a sports hero and if so, why?

JB: I will say I have two. My uncle Charles (White) came here, and Allyson Felix. I admire them both because they are really hard workers. Things don’t just come easy. You watch over the years how far they’ve come, it’s just amazing to see. Allyson Felix, I’ve always admired her since I was little. She is amazing to watch and how she behaves. She is an extraordinary person and we can say that she loves sports.


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