Hey everybody I am officially on break (well, really I’ve been on break since December 18th) and it is fabulous! No classes or stressing over finals: it’s practically perfect!
We had our first meet on December 5th, and I thought it was pretty similar to leagues or districts in high school. There were about five colleges at the meet and scoring was for the top six places in each event. Most events had qualifiers and then finals, but pole vault didn’t or we would have been there all day Ha-ha. As it was women’s pole vault started at 11 and went for a while since there were 14 girls, 7 of whom were from WPI Coach Iggy came to Springfield to help us which was much appreciated especially when the officials kicked out everyone other than the competing athletes and coaches. Vaulting went on for a while but ended at 10 feet. Then the guys vaulting started and went on to about 4. Since we weren’t allowed to eat in the track area I made the mistake of not leaving to get lunch before 4 (trust me, this was a bad idea. I’m surprise my stomach didn’t implode from hunger, ha-ha). After vaulting ended everything seemed to happen super quickly and before I knew it our first meet was over.
Overall I had a good time and while I didn’t do as well as I had hoped – I vaulted 8’6″ that day but had wanted to get 9′ – but as Iggy pointed out, this was a good starting point. There was plenty of room for improvement (oh yes, lots and LOTS of room for improvement), but I hadn’t completely tanked.
The week after our meet but prior to finals we did a lot of hill workouts since the track was covered in snow and ice but the hilly streets of Worcester were pretty well plowed. That was super fun, but everybody made it through those days in one piece and not too badly hurting, so overall it was declared a success The next week (finals week ) our coach didn’t hold official practice, telling us to take as much time as we needed to study while doing the workouts on our own. It was pretty much the same stuff as we had been doing the week before but thankfully the track had melted enough that we could use it. Well that seems to sum up track before break. The only other thing worth mentioning is the Dartmouth invitational on January 10th which I’m thinking of going to. Jacqui asked me about it and we both thought it would be a good idea to go to, so hopefully that will end up happening.
That’s it for now. Hope everyone had a happy holiday and is looking forward to the New Year