I have decided that this year was probably my last year for the National Junior Disability Championships. I qualified for the adult nationals this year, but didn’t go because there was a conflict for my family. But I really think I enjoy the meets where the other competitors are more my age.
Still, last week at junior nationals was very productive for me. I set two new Personal Records — in the 100m and 200m sprints. I was very happy with my times, 18.99 for the 100m and 41.94 for the 200m. That is more than a second off of my 100m this year and nearly 2 seconds off of my 200m. My goal for next year is to get under 18 seconds in the 100m and to get under 40 seconds for the 200m.
I have to confess that I didn’t get a PR in my long jump as well. That really is my favorite event. I had a nice jump early in the event, just a tiny bit shy of my PR of 2.61m. But something was off with my approach after that, and I jumped early for the last three of my tries. I cried. I was so frustrated. If I had been jumping off at the corrrect place, I would have easily broken my PR by a fair amount. Oh, well. Some days are just like that. Still, it was very disappointing.
Because one of the other competitors scratched for the 100m open on Friday, I had another chance to run that. And I think I did really well, possibly beating my new PR that I set earlier in the week. But I’m still waiting to find out what my time was for that event. The times weren’t posted at the track, because a thunderstorm broke out shortly after I ran. And the times haven’t been posted yet online either. I’m trying to be patient, but I’d really like to know . . .