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Fordham's Fagade running for team and individual goals

LOIS ELFMAN Special to the AmNews | 5/31/2013, 12:01 p.m.
Last weekend was especially hectic for Fordham track and field. In Charlotte, N.C., for the...
Fordham's Fagade running for team and individual goals

Last weekend was especially hectic for Fordham track and field. In Charlotte, N.C., for the Atlantic 10 championships, the athletes were competing while also intently studying for finals. For sprinter Titi Fagade, MVP of indoor season, it was all part of being a student-athlete.

"I obviously have to be really good at time management," said Fagade, a junior who is majoring in business administration with a marketing concentration and a communications minor. She also has a part-time job at the Nike store in Manhattan. "It's been a bit more stressful this year just because I've never been this busy. I use my time very well."

Fagade grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and knew she wanted to attend college in a big city. Fordham seemed a great fit given its urban location and scenic Bronx campus. She missed indoor season her freshman year while recovering from a torn ACL and felt her first outdoor season wasn't very good.

Fagade hit her stride sophomore year, when she not only posted some good results, but even got to take part in the 4x400 college relay at the Millrose Games. Junior year has been even better. The weekend before the Atlantic 10 championships, Fagade and her teammates competed at Penn Relays.

"When I started college, they thought that I was going to be a 100- and 200-meter runner, but I run the 400 and 800 now," said Fagade, who finished sixth in the 800 meters at the Atlantic 10 championships. "This year has been great. ... We ran in the championship section at Penn Relays for the 4x800 and did really well. We broke our school record. I've realized my strength is the 800. I'm trying to continuously improve in that event."

The ECAC championships are this week in Princeton. Fordham will compete in the relays. Fagade's ultimate goal is to also individually qualify for the NCAA East Regionals in the 800. She said all the Ram athletes are inspired by the success of the women's basketball team this year.

"[The NCAA's are] a long-term, high-end goal," said Fagade, who will be doing an internship this summer in New York and continuing to train. "I'm not sure if I can do it this year, but it would be a great thing if I could."