NCAA Tournament Diary, Day 3 - Vera Neuenswander
March 11, 2007
Freshman Vera Neuenswander competed in her first NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 10-11, finishing 12th in the pole vault. She talked with IUHOOSIERS.com about her trip.
So it's Sunday, and I am feeling quite exhausted after this last weekend!
So Saturday morning I woke up and headed to breakfast with the coaches. Then it was back to the hotel, where I spent most of the morning trying to keep myself occupied, and my mind off of the meet. Around noon, we headed to get some food. Surprisingly, I wasn't feeling as nervous as I thought I would be, probably just more anxious and excited than anything. Then it was back to the hotel where we watched a little television to pass the time. Coach Wiseman and Steve our trainer caught me checking the time about every three minutes. Luckily 3:00 finally rolled around and we headed to the track.
Steve taped up my achilles, and I was ready to warm up. My vaults in warm up felt really great, and Coach gave me a pump up fist pound before the competition started. I felt better than I've ever felt in warm ups. After warm ups I just sat back and tried to relax before my jumps. I always bring Bible verses with me to read over while I wait, and that gives me peace of mind and confidence to vault my best.
My first attempt at 3.85 meters (or 12' 7 and 1/2") was a miss. Coach told me to really jump off of the ground, and to relax a bit, and on the next attempt I cleared the bar easily.
The bar moved up to four meters (or 13'1 and 1/2"), and I cleared on my first attempt. I was stoked about the first attempt clearance. The only problem was that I was going to have to get on a bigger pole for the next height, 4.10 meters. The next pole in our series ended up being a big jump in pole size, and I failed to make the bar. I wish I would have been more aggressive and made that height, but I gave it my best shot, and that's all I could ask.
In the end, I was 12th and finished as the top freshman, so I can't say that I was disappointed at all. Just not satisfied! There's always more to learn. But I came out, competed, and I'm happy with the experience for sure! I learned a whole lot getting to be at such a huge meet, and I'll only get to move forward now. It's been a huge blessing, and I'm thankful for the chance to compete!
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