NCAA Indoor Championship diary: Jordyn Brown
March 11, 2010
Hey Longhorn fans,
Well we made it to Arkansas for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and we could not be more excited for competition to start tomorrow.
We had an early flight out of Austin this morning and as soon as we landed, we headed straight to the track to warm up and get some practice in. It was good to see the venue and visualize the competition, it really helps you prepare mentally. Just to be able to see your success before you go out and do it.
Then we headed to dinner at a local restaurant and had a really great time. Everyone went and we all just really bonded. This is a tight-knit group and the conversation was really great. We're all super focused but we also know it's important to stay calm and relaxed until its time to compete.
Being at nationals was my goal this year and to actually finally be in Arkansas, means a lot to me. I had a bit of a scare not knowing if I was going to get here so now that I am, I'm ready to do what I've worked for. I've been really focusing and tuning into what it is that got me here. Also just staying focused technically has helped me be prepared and feel confident.
The Randal Tyson Track Center isn't a new venue for the team and I was actually just here last week where I got my season-best mark that qualified me for nationals. Being here for that Last Chance Meet and being successful at it is great momentum. It felt like a little bit of de ja vu today going into the ring because I was just here a week ago but it's exciting and I feel pretty comfortable since the element of surprise isn't really there. I can really just focus in on what I'm doing and throwing and leave the external factors behind.
I don't compete until Saturday but junior Chantel Malone and sophomore Angele Cooper are competing tomorrow and we're all really excited to go cheer them on. Chantel put up a great mark at the Big 12 Conference Championship and I know she's feeling confident. This weekend is about fighting for ourselves and our team and for Texas. We've all put in a lot of hard work and we're ready to have success at this meet.
Thanks for your support and Hook'em!