I have completed my junior season now. I am happy the way my season went, although I wish my times were a bit faster, I can't complain cause I worked too hard to get to where I am now. Junior Olympics went well. For the second year in a row, I failed to make the 110 hurdle final. I was disappointed, I had such high hopes for the 110s. I ran 14.76 in the prelims which is well off my best time, I should have been in that final. I got it next year.
I was feeling really good after running the 400 hurdles. I truly had not thought about 400 hurdles or prepared for it all week. I just relaxed, ran my race, and did what I had to do. I ran the prelims Saturday morning at 8, which means I had to get up at 6. I got myself ready to run and only wanted to make the final, I ran 54.09 which was a new pr for me. Sunday morning I had to run the final early in the morning. I was tired, but I was ready. Not making the finals in the 110 hurdles gave me a chance to focus on the 400 hurdles. So many things came to mind, It was my last 400 hurdles race of the season, I have been stuck in the 54's all season, I got one last shot, the list goes on. I just wanted to do well, it had been a long season and all those races were taking its toll. I got lane seven, which was because my competition was behind me and I could focus on my race. I was kind of sore getting into the blocks, and my only thought when I got into the blocks was, attack the first hurdle. When the gun went off I used everything I had and relaxed. My last race of the season I run a pr. I came across the line in fifth, but when I turned around and saw my time I felt like I had won. I was happy!
It has truly been a long season. I would like to first give God the glory for allowing me to stay healthy and have a great season. I would like to thank my parents for supporting me through this year, we may not see eye to eye on things but they are the ones who have put me on the right path. Big brother Booker always has the right advice. I would like to give a big thanks to coach Mcgill and Byron Gibson, they have helped me become a better hurdler. I really thank Track Eastern Carolina, Big Dave, Nicholas Sparks for giving not only me, but the rest of the athletes an opportunity to run and compete we are thankful. I can't wait to do it again next year!
It is time to put away the track spikes and bring out the cleats, It is football season now!