Fighting Through The Nerves Of Meet Of Champions

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  With a meet that has the feel of a District and State Meet within it, it’s understandable to have some nerves.

“Nervousness, it’s just always there for high-caliber meets like this and I think it really just drives everybody to do better,” starts Brandon Martin.  “Because when your nervous, you have all that aderline and everyone’s striving to do their best and I think the nervousness helps with that with PR-ing and stuff.”

Martin, who finished third in the 100 meters, also PR’d in the 200 meters (23.01, 2nd place finish) and the 4×100; something that’s something incredible to do with the type of competition around him.

“Oh it’s amazing yeah, especially with the competition that the Meet of Champions brings, it’s just surreal because everyone brings what they’ve been practicing for weeks-and-weeks,” said Martin.  “This is a huge meet, it brings that level of confidence back to a very high standards, so I’m glad that I could bring my best too.”

Faith Craig too PR’d in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, but admitted leading up to her events that there were some nerves on her end; but not as bad as the nerves from the last meet she competed at.

“Well today wasn’t as bad as last meet but last meet I worked myself up to where I was sick, so that’s not the good kind, that’s bad kinds of nerves,” laughed Craig.  “But for today it was nerves that helped me to do better because I cared about what I was doing.”

With this performance Saturday, Craig said that she’ll carry these ‘good nerves’ into their last conference meet Tuesday in Yamhill.

Another Cascade athlete who’s finding their groove now with one meet left before Districts is Kaelyn Worst.  The junior has hit no lower than 117-feet-10-inches in three of her last four Javelin throw meets including her current PR at 122-feet-three-inches.

“It’s definitely excited because last year I was very inconsistent with my throws, but this year, it’s been very consistent,” said Worst. “But I also started out (today), my first couple of throws were really bad, but luckily enough I had one far enough to get into finals so I could be able to better that.

“I’m definitely going to start working harder and getting more reps in and stuff with throwing,” Worst adds about moving forward.  “Hurdles I’m not sure about, but I want to get in there for Districts and hopefully place.  But I just have to keep up the hard work and keep reaching for my goals.”

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