Yesterday was the George Davis Invitational at UMass Lowell, our one home meet each year.
Once again it turned into another day of waiting. With starting height at 7ft and I was coming in at 10ft, it was a long wait. I was very frustrated after feeling great during warm ups and completely losing it during the actual competition. I only vaulted 10ft on third attempt (which usually is no problem!), and it was a very ugly jump…and so were the rest of my jumps. I will take any advice/tips on waiting for the higher heights and keeping yourself “in the game”—PLEASE!
During warm ups, one of the female competitors was apparently having a tough time and started throwing a tantrum right on the runway. From what I could piece together from the tantrum and the fact that I’ve seen her in our conference meets, it was because she was vaulting without her coach there. At one point she stomped her feet and yelled, “THAT’S IT! I CAN’T POLE VAULT WITHOUT A COACH!” 1.) I shook my head because she was behaving like a child and should have been ashamed to do that in uniform—or in general. 2.) My brother said, “My sister does it almost every meet!” Kind of made me chuckle. She completely scratched from the event and didn’t compete. But more to the point of my story: remember that you are representing yourself and your school when wearing your uniform and to do so in a positive manner—even if you’re having an off day. We all get frustrated, but please don’t throw a tantrum and throw poles and scream at people. And that goes for EVERY competitor: college, high school, clubs, unattached, etc. Sorry, that really struck a nerve with me. It was completely unnecessary. I’m sure none of you would do that anyway
Well, the transfer process is underway. My applications are completed, and I sent one out this morning. I need a bit more cash to send out the other ones, but I’ve been contacted by a few coaches and already have a scheduled visit. I guess it’ll be a fun little surprise to figure out where I’ll be headed next fall. It’s a big decision and I’m thankful for all the love, support, and advice that has been sent my way. <3
Princeton Invitational next weekend —if they decide to send me. Last year they didn’t. But if they do, I’ll be traveling with the team to New Jersey and staying there for two days. So we’ll see….