NCAA Tournament Diary and Photo Essay: Kiwan Lawson
March 9, 2007
Senior Kiwan Lawson is one of three Indiana track and field student-athletes to travel to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. He documented his first day for IUHOOSIERS.com. Click above to view his photo gallery.
Last night I could have compared myself to a small child who could not sleep the night before Christmas. I'm thinking to myself in my bed ... `no injuries, the flu is gone along with the headache ... I am actually ready for nationals!!!' Now, I do remember Junior Olympics and adidas Outdoor Nationals in high school, but this is different. This meet is one of the top meets in college. This is "THE BIG SHOW." Ok, granted, this is a track meet. There will be a winner of each event and seven place-finishers (1-8 is All-American). I am not freaking out or anything, it is just that the field is wide open, and anyone could win ... and that anyone could be me.
Although I have had some success this indoor season, nothing could be better than being the best long jumper in the nation. I feel that I am that person. Today, when I got off the airplane, the setting was perfect. Last year, the ride was a bit rocky towards the end, and it was raining here in Arkansas. Today it was beautiful. The weather was about 70 degrees with nothing but sunshine. It was like God was shining down on us. I was so anxious to get to the track to get back on the runway. I haven't been on the runway all week, primarily due to the flu. Coach Pate, Kyle (Jenkins) and I got to the track around 12:30 p.m. ...1:30 p.m. your time! Coach knew that I was ready to go. He allowed me to do two run-ups (run-throughs) then told me to shut it down. I did not want to, but I knew that it was for the best. After we left the track, we went to get a bite to eat and returned to the hotel. All I can do now is rest up. I jump at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. your time) so I have some time to get myself together. Hopefully, Indiana can rally up a few wins down here in Arkansas with the help of God. So, please pray for us and whatever else you can do for IU Track and Field, we greatly appreciate it.
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