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Athlete of the Week Q & A: Krysten Mayers

Hi Krysten, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with BRSN and congratulations on your awesome weekend! You’re scoring a lot of goals right now. What’s your secret?

No secret here! I depend on my teammates and their efforts as a whole to create opportunities to score. The back-field helps our goalie defend the goal and the circle, and they transition the ball up through our mid-field where they continue the transfer to the forwards who make use of penetrating the circle and help our team to victory.

This weekend’s victory marks head coach Donna Hornibrook’s 100th win with the Big Red. What has playing under Coach Hornibrook been like?

Since the beginning process of recruitment until now, Coach Hornibrook has been very understanding and considerate. She has taught me so much about the game and further helped me develop my skills for the collegiate level of play. I am honored to have the opportunity to be one of her players and view hockey from a different perspective.

When did you first start playing field hockey?

I first started playing field hockey when I turned five years old. My father, Leroy Mayers, played on his country’s national team (Barbados) and taught me and my sister everything he knew about the sport. He eventually made a club team and I was able to receive a lot of training and developed into a skillful player.

Have you always been a forward?

All of my field hockey career I have been a center midfielder. Ever since I came to Cornell, I have played a forward position which was new to me, but my coaches and teammates helped me adapt to my new role.

Who has had the biggest influence on your field hockey career?

My father has had the biggest influence on my field hockey career because he was there from the very beginning. He is the reason why I have developed into the player I am today and how I achieved playing field hockey for a Division One Ivy League team. He has been there for me as a fan, a father, and a coach.

What are the traits, physically and mentally, that a successful field hockey player needs to have?

Physically, a successful field hockey player must be fit and have plenty of endurance. They must have strength both physically and mentally to be the most powerful on and off the field. All sports take a toll on you physically, but mental toughness is what separates the average players from the elite players.

Are there any similarities between field hockey and ice hockey?

I personally think that ice hockey and field hockey are two completely different sports. Ice hockey involves the skill of being able to skate on ice while field hockey just involves running on the turf. Field Hockey players also wear much less padding than Ice Hockey players. Ice Hockey players can play past/around the cage while this is not so in field hockey. They are two sports that involve tough players to compete but branch away from each other in terms of similarity.

If you didn’t play field hockey, what sport would you play?

This is a very hard question since I have participated in many sports and only stuck with field hockey. I have tried tennis, soccer, cheerleading, swimming, and track. Out of all those options, I would say that I would have been a Track & Field athlete since I was quite talented in that sport with both running and certain field events.

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