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Q&A | Get to know Iowa fourth-year track and field hurdler Mariel Bruxvoort

Learn about Bruxvoort’s unique pre-meet traditions and team goals.
Grace Smith
Iowa’s Mariel Bruxvoort prepares to race the women’s 4x400m during the 2023 Hawkeye Invitational at the University of Iowa Recreation Building in Iowa City on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2022. Bruxvoort’s team placed first with a time of 3:38.28. The Hawkeye Invitational hosted Ball State, Bradley, Indian Hills, Iowa, Iowa Central, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, Wis.-River Falls, and unattached individuals.

The Daily Iowan: Do you have any pre-meet superstitions?

Mariel Bruxvoort: I always do the same hairstyle: two little braids on the side of my head and a high pony. I always take two scoops of creatine, which is, like, way more than you are supposed to [take], before I race. I also wear the same pair of socks.

When did you start doing those things?

It definitely started in college. I didn’t do anything like that in high school.

When you think about your first season of competing, what do you remember?

I used to be so much more nervous than I am now. I used to be such a mess that I would do anything to calm myself down.

How did that affect your daily practice routine?

I used to listen to crazy pump-up music all day. Now, I don’t need that. I’ll watch a show or call my mom while I get ready. I’m so much less nervous, so I don’t stimulate myself as much anymore.

Does your warm-up look different?

I warm up way more. Maybe that’s just me getting old. I don’t like to be stressed on time, so I go slow and take my time.

Where did this growth come from?

I’m learning more about what works best for my body. I think the bigger portion is just being more confident about what I need to do and how I need to do it. I am so much more relaxed and so much more experienced. You kind of get nerves of steel after a while.

How would you describe the team dynamic at Iowa?

We are super close. We make an effort to put our phones down at meets and even at the airport. The women’s team has been super intentional about spending time together when we have the opportunity because it does go by so fast.

Are there any big goals you are shooting for this season?

We’re definitely chasing the Big Ten title. I would say that is our big goal.

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About the Contributors
Mia Boulton
Mia Boulton, Sports Reporter
Mia Boulton is a freshman at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication, as well as exploring a possible double major in Sports Media. She works at the Daily Iowan as a sports reporter. Outside of the Daily Iowan, Mia has been a photographer for her hometown newspaper, The Record.
Grace Smith
Grace Smith, Senior photojournalist and filmmaker
Grace Smith is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic Arts. In her four years at The Daily Iowan, she has held the roles of photo editor, managing summer editor, and visual storyteller. Outside of The Daily Iowan, Grace has held an internship at The Denver Post and pursued freelance assignments for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Des Moines Register.