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End of Track Season!

I know I write this blog post every year, but I like it – it’s a way for me to reflect on my track season and all my competitions. It’s not only track season that’s winding down, either. There are less than 15 days left until June 2nd, the last day of school! I can’t wait to be done with Freshman year and begin what seems to be for me the longest awaited summer of my life.

Track season started off with two meets a week, for three weeks. Lots of running, jumping, and a bit of throwing. Getting back into high jump was extremely fun, with me having not done it since we were in Sedona in July. At the first meet of the year in Rifle, I discovered that I needed to start working on my sprinting endurance and speed, as I ran the slowest 200m of my life that day. I didn’t feel that bad about it however, because earlier that day I had tied my PR in long jump at 17’6″.

The second meet in Ft. Collins went around the same. This was my first time high jumping at a varsity meet, and it was… quite an experience. I discovered the bar started at 5’6″, 4 inches taller than my personal best. As you would expect, I failed, and pretty bad at that. But once again, I ended up jumping farther than I’d ever jumped before in long jump, at 17’7.5″, with a last-second third jump after I’d failed the first two.

Starting in the 4×100 at Ft. Collins

The rest of the meets up until the league meets were pretty stereotypical. I ran a lot of events, with the 100m, 200m, 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, High Jump, and Long Jump. I improved my 200 time slightly, but it still wasn’t the greatest at around 27 seconds. My high jump was pretty uneventful, as well as all over the place. Sometimes I would jump really well in practice, and then completely fail at a meet, or almost clear 5’4″ and not even come close to clearing 5′ the next meet. Two of the meets ended up getting cancelled, which sucked, but it gave me more time to train for the league meets.

A few weeks ago, I competed in the JV league meet, which was pretty fun as everyone wasn’t as good as at normal meets. I failed to come close to my PR in Long Jump, but still ended up taking 8th and scoring a point for the team. I cleared 5’2″ in High Jump, taking 5th, which I was really stoked about. I also ran the 800m and 200m (back to back!), which was, to sum it up in a word, painful. I ran 2:35 in the 800 (which was fine with me, cause I haven’t ever run it before), and a slow 27.4 in the 200 (I was extremely tired after running the 800).

After the JV league meet, I got prepared for our final big meet of the season, our varsity league championships. I got put in the 4×100, 4×200, High Jump, and Long Jump, and aside from the fun I had from actually competing, the entire experience was awesome. We drove out to Grand Junction, where we stayed the night at a hotel (because this meet was a 2-day meet) and ate out as a team. The first day of the meet, I long jumped 17’2.5″ to take 10th overall. As that was the only event I had that day, I basically just slept at our camp and watched other people run. The second day was a bit more eventful. We took last in our relays, which was expected, but I ended up jumping a new high jump PR of 5’3″.

 

At our final meet of the season, I got put in the 100m, 400m, High Jump, and Long Jump. I basically failed in High Jump, only clearing 4’10”. The 100m went really well – I won my heat, in a time of 12.9 seconds. But, the 100m wasn’t my main focus of the day. I had wanted to run the 400 all season, but didn’t get the chance to. My goal was to break 60 seconds, and I tried really hard, but to no avail. I ran a 26-second first 200, then around a 34-second second 200 to finish with a time of 60.9 seconds. Regardless of my time, I ended up placing 7th overall, and scoring 2 points for the team.

 

So that’s how my track season went. I realize this post was a lot of numbers, and I keep trying to stop myself from solely writing times, lengths, and heights, but I still have a lot to improve on. I think my track season went really well for Freshman year, and I hope to improve my times greatly next year.

Long Jumping!

Here’s a comparison of my track times from 7th grade to last year to this year (my 7th/8th grade times may not be completely accurate because all the meets were hand-timed, compared to the FAT of this year. There were a few times after the school season where I ran in other meets, and I still count those as part of the previous school season)

2015 Season (7th Grade):

  • 100m: 13.2
  • 200m: 27.9
  • 400m: 68.0
  • 800m: 2:48
  • High Jump: 5’0″

2016 Season (8th Grade):

  • 100m: 12.4
  • 200m: 26.6
  • 400m: 65.0
  • High Jump: 5’2″
  • Long Jump: 17’6″
  • 1kg Discus: 74’6″

2017 Season (9th Grade):

  • 100m: 12.9
  • 200m: 27.0
  • 400m: 60.9
  • 800m: 2:36
  • High Jump: 5’3″
  • Long Jump: 17’7.5″

 

 

 

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Overlap

I seem to find myself in this position every year… Finishing up one sport while just starting another. It’s a hectic time, but it’s pretty fun to be doing two sports at once! One day I’m training for USASA Boardercross Nationals, and the next I’m running and jumping, preparing for the next track meet (which is tomorrow, in this case).

Around this time last year, I was in the same position – getting ready to race on both snowboards and the track. But this year is slightly different – Different, because I’m now in high school and running track for Summit High School, and preparing for boardercross planning to advance out of a few heats.

The biggest part of managing two major sports at a time is definitely time management, and that’s one area where I’m improving in, but I still need to work on. I occasionally work on homework until well past 10 PM, having only previously completed only a bit of the work. I’m attempting to limit distractions and complete some of my homework earlier than a day or two before the due date to account for sleep. However, after a long, quotidian day of school, it’s hard to come home and continue working. It’s much easier to just go to Woodward with friends, watch a movie with family or simply sleep. But that’s where I’m working to force myself just to do the work, and then backflip/watch a movie/sleep afterwards.

Tomorrow I will race in the first track meet of the high school season, and I’m both nervous and excited. It will be the first meet where I won’t be competing in my main event (high jump), not to mention the first meet where I will race people older than me with far superior skills. But, you never know, I still could somehow finish in the top 8, earning me a podium and earning the team a couple of points. I’ll be competing in the 4×100, 4×200, 200m and Long Jump, which are all events I’ve run before in meets (minus long jump, but I’ve done that plenty of times). If I had to guess, I’d say I have the best shot in either the 4×100 or the Long Jump, where I think I at least have a shot at making the top 8.

And then, of course, I return to snowboard training the day after. Coming from sprinting and jumping all day, I just hope I’ll have enough energy to get down the mountain awake. In other news, I threw some backflips the other day at copper, and I was fortunate enough to have my coach film me, and you can view it below.

Nationals is only 16 days away, which is still crazy. It feels like the season has flown by, and it’s almost time to start editing together a season edit! Although it feels to me that the season has gone so quickly, I feel like I’ve accomplished almost everything I wanted to this season (except, however, for landing a 720. Well, after nationals is over, I’m going to attempt a few). I’ve landed 540’s, backflips, slopestyle runs, and four top 5 competition finishes, with three of them getting me onto the podium. What’s left? A good result at the National Championships. And then it’s off to the races, swapping out my snowboard for a pair of spikes.

Track League Championships, Battle Mountain

I finished the track season with a league championship, in which I ran the 100, 4×100 and the 800m Medley. I qualified 5th for the 100 in qualifiers, and they took the top 8. I had an awesome race, and I took 3rd, with a time of 13.33 seconds. My next race was the 4×100, in which we did decently well. I got the handoff nicely, but got overtaken at the end, taking 3rd. We had a time of 55.05 seconds.

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The Medley was the event I knew we could do well in, and we did. We had a big lead right from our second 100, and by the time I got it for my 200, we were totally ahead by a lot. We had a good 400, with my friend Max running it good (He’s a lot better at the mile though), and taking us to victory. It turned out we took the school record, with a time of 2:04. Pretty good way to end the season, I think. I had a great season, and here are my stats:

 

High Jump: 2x First Place, 1x Second Place, 1x Third Place

100m Dash: 1x Second Place, 1x Third Place, 1x 5th Place

200m Dash: 1x Third Place

800m Run: 1x Second Place

100m Hurdles: 1x 7th Place

4x100m Relay: 1x First Place, 3x Third Place, 1x DQ

800m Medley Relay: 1x First Place, 1x Fourth Place

I had a total of 3 Regular Meets, 1 Relay Meet, and 2 Championship Meets. I think it’s pretty cool that I got a first place on my first meet ever! 

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 That picture looks awesome!

Gunnison Track Meet

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Yesterday I went to my first track meet, in Gunnison. I rode a school bus for literally my first time, for 3 hours there. I woke up at 4 AM, and Dad took me to the school. I learned on the bus that I’d be doing the High Jump (which was expected), the 4×100 (which was also kinda expected), and the 100m hurdles (which was the LAST thing (besides shotput) that I thought I’d be doing…. I’ve never jumped a hurdle before!).

We got there around 8, and set all our stuff down. Field events started at 9, and High Jump started right at 9. I started some practice jumps at around 8:45, and then we started.

I was with two other people from the school who I knew fairly well. One of them didn’t want to jump, and scratched 3 times in a row, losing in the first round. Fynn, the other person, tried really hard, and got the first bar (3’8″) on his first try, but then lost barely on the second (He just barely hit his foot at the end, after he landed….).

I cleared the 4′ one, and they came from time to time just to check on me, to see if I was still in, which I was. After clearing the 4’2″ one, on which I totally slammed my leg on the pole holding up the bar, I missed my first two tries on the 4’4″ one, but just barely made the third try.

Around that time, they issued the final call for the hurdles, and I told the coach who was refereeing for the high jump that I had to go do hurdles. I felt like I could barely walk from hitting the pole, but I went. So everyone took a break for the high jump, and I got as ready as I could be for the hurdles.

Some of my friends were giving me last minute tips, which I tried to use, but ended up kinda failing. I was in second for most of the time, surprisingly (I hit most of the hurdles, but I was sprinting really fast), but then I fell and scratched up my arm pretty bad, but instantly got back up, and overall over the two heats, I got 7th out of 15.

After that, I went back to high jump, for the 4’6″ height, on which I really didn’t feel sure of myself, and ended up doing 2 run throughs without jumping. After that, I just cleared my head and completed it on my first try.

After this, there were only 5 people left, and I began to start thinking I could actually win it, if I could just clear 4’8″. The first try, I wasn’t ready and hit the bar off, but then I saw everyone else but one person miss. I thought to myself, “If I could make this, then it’ll probably be just me and 1-2 other people….”, so I made it on my second try!

Everyone else took their second and third jumps, and they all missed, except for one boy from Gunnison. So we were down to the final 2, and neither of us made the 4’10” height, and we had to go to the side, while the coach calculated who got first and second from the previous jumps. I ended up winning ’cause somehow I landed more jumps more quickly than him or something.

I kinda sat around for a while after that, ’cause my 4×100 wasn’t for a while. I watched all my teammates race, and some of them did pretty well!

My friend Jacob, who was with me for most of the time while I was high jumping, congratulating me and helping me with the hurdles, got third in the long jump, and third in the 200.

Around that time, Mom, Dad, Isaac and Jadyn finally arrived, and I practiced with my team for the 4×100. The time finally came around for the race (I was the anchor, the final runner), and we started off great, we were in the lead, when our second runner dropped the baton…..  And just like that, we were disqualified….

So after that, Mom and Dad left back to our house, and I just walked around for a while. I had a few friends running the mile and the 800, but they didn’t really get close to placing. We went back to the school after that, and I got a cool ribbon for placing 1st in the high jump. After we got back, Dad took me to tennis, and that was just so tiring…. But fun.

So not bad for my first track meet, I think. A 1st place, a 7th place in something I’ve never thought about ever doing, and a DQ. I have another one on Saturday, and I’m hoping I actually get to sprint in something I want to do, like the 100, 200, 400, or to get another shot at the 4×100 or 4×200. I might even want to practice hurdles now just to be ready for anything. Later in the season I might want to try the 800 or 1600, if I can get my mile time below 6 minutes.