Tag: Track

First High School Track Meet!

Coming into high school means I’ll be competing in high school track, which subsequently means that I’ll be competing against kids one, two or three years older than me. Which is the reason I’m attributing my results at my first meet to. Overall, the meet went exactly how I thought it would – with me in the starting blocks, preparing to race competitors that had at least a year, not to mention a foot of height, on me.

Basically, I got destroyed. Some of that was because I was one of the youngest ones, and the other bit was the fact that I just didn’t run well. In the long jump, I placed 23rd out of 67, jumping 17’6″ (which is not a bad jump, I have to say). Now, this was one of those situations where I was simply competing against older competitors. I had the best result of any freshman competing that day, and not only that, but I beat out the next best scored freshman by a little over 8 inches. When I put it in a perspective like that, I don’t feel so bad with my result. But being the best out of all the freshmen competing doesn’t mean anything. I need that top 8 finish. And that’s what I’m striving to do and will continue to attempt to achieve throughout the season. I figure I need an additional 10 inches to have a chance at placing top 8, and I’m definitely placing long jump as one of my stronger suits in track for now, seeing as people are jumping at least a foot higher than my PR in high jump.

Now, the 200m was a different story. I honestly have no idea what I did wrong. Maybe I was just tired from all my previous events? Maybe I saw I was in the lead and was content with that? I have no idea. Anyways, what happened was that I got placed in the first heat because I had no prior result to seed me into the competition (which is where the slowest people compete). I ended up winning my heat, but I also ran my slowest time in the 200 since early 7th grade. I definitely need to improve on that, so I’ll definitely put in some time into sprinting endurance.

I’m just going to skip over the two relays I ran, as we got disqualified in the 4×200, and placed last in the 4×100. As a whole (I say overall way too much, so I need to change it up), it was a good first experience, and gave me a good place to work off of. My next meet is this Saturday, and hopefully I can do a bit better. That’s also on top of preparing for Snowboarding Nationals, which happens in just TWO weeks! It’s going to be a crazy next few weeks… but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be fun.

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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.

Traveling to Nashville, TN

We got in to Nashville a few days ago, and it’s been great. But, before that, let me write about what happened in between when I got back from Alaska to when we got to Nashville.

Right when we got back, we were in Portland, Oregon. We played a lot of basketball and stayed with our friends. I did get to visit Voodoo Donuts again, and they were amazing as always. After Portland, we went to Meridian, Idaho, to see our friends the Maculley’s. We had a great time there, went to a water park one day, and the other day we made a chocolate chip cake (with real chips), and watched Les Mis.

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After that, we headed to Keystone, Colorado for Mom’s birthday and to see our best friends. We packed SO much into like 3 days. We went to the YoYo shop in Breckenridge, and I bought Noah a Kendama (it was his birthday a few days before). I had also bought him an extra iPhone to mess around with also (cause we both love hacking iPhone’s). It was crazy being back in Keystone again, we got to see the mountains again, play tennis at the tennis center, and on my mom’s 40th birthday, we hiked to the top of a 14-er (14000 foot mountain). Or, make that two fourteeners, as there were two close to each other and we hiked to both, all with our friends.

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The day we left, it was off for a relatively short two hour drive to Boulder, Colorado, as there was a track meet there I wanted to attend. I beat all of my personal records there in all the events I did, which was great. I ran around a 13.1 for the 100m (on the website they only had it to tents of a second), a 27.49 for the 200 (I was lucky enough to get a time at the end of that race), and I finally cleared 4’10” in High Jump.

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After the track meet, we traveled all the way to St Louis, MO in a couple of days. St Louis was awesome, and we took a ride up INSIDE the arch.

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We got a few Junior Ranger badges on the way, and stayed in Missouri for a few more days. Then, we went to the St Louis City Museum. It is literally the best “museum” ever. It is 10 stories tall, with random stuff to climb around on outside, including an airplane (about 40 feet in the air), a firetruck, and all this crazy stuff including tunnels you could go through that had you climbing 60 feet in the air.

On the roof, they had a bus that you could walk out over the edge on, and see down 10 stories up, they had a Ferris Wheel on the roof, a 10 story slide that led into underground crazy caverns…. and a lot of other crazy stuff. They had “playscapes” all around the first floor, where you could climb into tiny holes, and they’d take you places, like for instance, I climbed inside a concrete whale, up a pipe, and into the roof….

Me in the ceiling
Me in the ceiling

After St Louis, we had a few uneventful days, and then we got to Nashville, where we’re going to be staying for the next 2 and a half months (it’s already been a few weeks).

My Track Season Experience

This track season with Summit Middle School was a pretty unique experience, with me running for a school I don’t go to, nor know anyone at all there. The first day… Was a pretty nerve-wracking day. I had no idea where to go, what to do, where to be…. Being one of like 4 homeschoolers there. Everyone was looking at me, and the coaches, taking names, just paused at me and said something like “I’ve never seen you before! Are you new?”, to which I replied that I was homeschooled. And of course, my last name was written incorrectly (Dalrynple, instead of Dalrymple) on like, everything until the end of the season (When they gave me my first place award for High Jump, it was misspelled….), when I asked them to correct it.

The first few days, we just basically tried out everything, to see what we were good at. I figured most people were good at at least one field event, none of which I’d considered doing, ever. I did okay in Long Jump, but wasn’t the best at discus. I knew I had a little talent in High Jump, based on my first 3 jumps, and so I decided I’d try and get good at it. I asked a lot of questions, and slowly perfected my form.

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When I got tested for the 100 and 400, I got one of the fastest times in the 100, and like the second or third fastest time in the 400. The hurdles were interesting to me, I asked a lot of questions about that, trying to figure out how to jump them with decent form. I think somehow they noticed me trying to figure it out… Which turned out bad for me…. So, I get put in the 100m hurdles in my first meet, and when I first saw my name on the list, my first thought was “Oh no…”

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After my first meet, when I won the High Jump, I knew that was my field event. I also knew I could probably learn another field event, but I wanted to keep my other 2/3 events for the 100, 200, and relays. The next few days, I learned like, every 7th grade boy’s name, and got to know some of them pretty well. I never really sat with them often when we were in our circles, cause most all of them got in trouble at least once with their groups of about 4 kids, and I wanted to have a good reputation to start the season off with. That’s how I wanted it to be: Friends with everyone, but not sitting and talking with them every time we sat down.

The next few meets, I figured out what events I wanted to do for the rest of the season, which were the 100, High Jump, 4×100, and, if I had a meet with 4 events, I usually did the 200 or Medley. The relay meet we had was when I really learned we could have a good Medley team. My friend Jacob had the best start out of all the teams, and Aaron, who ran the second hundred, had a good run. I had a really good 200, but it was just a good 400 runner we needed. And we found one in Max, who is an amazing mile runner. He joined us in the League Championships Medley, and just like that, we had an awesome team, winning the Medley and taking the school record with the win.

Running the Medley in League Championships
Running the Medley in League Championships

With the season ending, I knew basically everyone in the seventh grade, and they knew me. I had a good record with only 1 race under fourth place, and all the rest firsts, seconds, thirds and fourths. I rode a school bus for the first time, which is surprising for a 7th grader. This season was awesome, even with all the pushups we did for other peoples punishments, and all the angry coach moments… There were a lot of those. I’ll probably run again next year. My goal next year is to get the 8th grade High Jump record, and under 12 seconds for the hundred, and maybe run a few more 800’s, and maybe some 400’s too (I thought I was going to run at least one 400 this season. Well, I was wrong.).

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