Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Puerto Rico!!!!!

This past weekend I was given a specialty opportunity to represent the USA in the 4Th Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Carolina, Puerto Rico. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. I met new people, experienced a new culture and created memories that will last a life time. I would like to thank Nike and the NSSF staff; Jim Spier, Joy Kamani, JacquƩ Kendall, Paul Limmer, Cedric Walker, Kristi Reiger, Dr. Jeffrey Webb, Dr. Margaret Ottley and Claudia "Sparky" Chapel. Without them, this trip would not have been possible, and I know every athlete is truly thankful especially I, for giving us the opportunity to take part in this experience.

The meet went well, Team NSSF went out there Saturday and we did what we do best. I went out there and did what I had to do. I ran a 14.54 in the 110 hurdles and got fifth. I did not understand this part, how can two athletes compete for the same medal when running over different hurdle heights? Tyler Stephenson and Jeff Lewis from team NSSF got first and third. the two athletes from Puerto Rico placed second and fourth, and they ran over 36 inch hurdles while Tyler, Jeff and I ran over 39 inch hurdles. Oh well can't do anything now. I competed in the 400 hurdles too, I ran a new pr 54.27 and placed third. It was not a great race, but I got to learn from it to get better.

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