18' 1" Olympic Trials 2008

18' 1" Olympic Trials 2008

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Opportunity

I apologize for my recent absence of inspiration to write. This week really took it out of me. My time at home, was spent asleep in a chair, or in my bed. Here is a quick update on what I've been up too.
Last night Idaho State was supposed to host a collegiate multiple dual, but things didn't pan out they the way they should of. Wednesday, at the last minute, a few schools backed out. Wait, I mean, all the schools backed out. Now ISU was waiting around in Pocatello for a track meet that wasn't even going to happen. Thanks to some phone calls, emails, social networks, and so on. We were able to scrape up enough people to make an open meet possible, and I was allowed to compete. 
It was a long week and I was very tired, but I had a goal in mind of 17'6", not that high, I know, but its all about baby steps for me right now. Small victories. Before the competition started I even commented a few times, "if I can make 17' again, I'll be happy." And that's the way it played out in the end. Another 17' day, and not quite enough juice for 17'6". Of course I made a few mistakes, and if I look back I could pick the meet apart, but I'm not doing that. I'm looking ahead to my next opportunity to jump. I already have a plan in mind, and I'm very excited about it. This coming weekend is the Simplot Games. Every year we have elite vault exhibition for the crowd. It has always been an event I look forward too, and this year may be my last appearance as an athlete. I hope to put on a good show, along side of some of my favorite athletes and friends.
Speaking of which, I couldn't be more proud of ISU's Sam Pierson and Mike Arnold for making 17'6" last night, bettering their NCAA status, and almost leaving the automatic mark of 18' up with 3 close attempts out of each of them. It has been a great honor to be able to say that I've played a part in your blossoming careers. You both continue to inspire me.  

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