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Bri Hardeman ’18

Bri Hardeman is not your average Rhodes College athlete. Aside from breaking three school records in her freshman year, this lady lynx is also known around campus for her contagious enthusiasm and killer dance moves. HC was lucky enough to catch up with this charming track star and learn a little more about her!

Major and Hometown: Psychology; Austin, TX

Her Campus: What made you decide to attend Rhodes?

Bri Hardeman: They gave me the most scholarship, and they had the best ratio of teacher student ratio.

HC: What are you involved with on campus?

BH: I involved in the Philosophy club and Track and Field. I’m also a member of the pack and hope to be a peer advocate and diplomat.

HC: Why did you decide to join the track team?

BH: I decided to join because I ran track for all of high school, and I like being a part of something bigger than myself. I started running and, even though it’s really difficult, the racing and meeting new people and being at meets is fantastic

HC: How has being a member of the track team impacted your experience at Rhodes?

BH: It’s definitely made me realize the importance of being able to work individually towards a group goal. It also taught me that one failure doesn’t mean that you can’t do it, period. I had a string of terrible races, leading up to dropping the baton in the 4×1 final at conference; I didn’t discourage myself (after the initial groveling) and I was still able to break the 100 record that day.   It’s also allowed me to meet so many people on the team who have a ton of different majors, so I can ask for help and get the help I need more often.

HC: How did it feel to break three records during the past academic year?

BH: It was pretty unreal, especially for the 100. I never thought I’d break 12 seconds, and I’m still in disbelief about it. When I go into the BCLC and see my name on the record board I’m just like “I did that????? That’s so cool that I did that!!!!” I think it made me feel more sure of myself and more capable of doing the things I put my mind to.

HC: Do you intend to continue participating in track throughout your undergraduate career?

BH: I hope so. I have to make sure I put my academics first, but if all goes well I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this team for my whole time at Rhodes. I love these guys, and I want to give them all I can until I graduate!

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