Since high school, the spring semester has always meant the start of track and field season for me. And once again, season is approaching quickly. We have been training year round, putting in 15-20 hour weeks on the track and in the weight room and training room. But in 4 weeks, on February 26th, our season begins at the Claremont Relays. This season we will be competing in prestigious meets such as the Cal-Nevada Championships, Mt. SAC Relays, and Texas Relays. Additionally, USC will host 3 meets this year – the annual Trojan Relays, the USC-UCLA dual meet, and a new tri-meet between USC, BYU, and Cal State Northridge.
My goals for this season are to pole vault 16′ and exceed the mark of 15′ I set way back in high school. Injuries the past two years have frustrated me and ended my last two seasons, but I hope to stay healthy this season, and if I can, I know I will be successful. Also, by vaulting 16′ there is a good chance I could make the PAC-10 Championships, which would be an amazing experience.
As a whole, our team is very solid this year. While we are a young team, we have a great deal of depth in the 400, 4×400, and 400m hurdles. We lost a few standouts to graduation last year, but we are optimistic that the younger athletes can shine and carry our team to a PAC-10 Championship and strong finish at the NCAA Championships.