The indoor season seems to be here before you know it. Obviously as a coach "you have to know it" but it's either a sign that we now have 11 months in a year or that times passes much quicker when you are older...
In any case group members were competing on both sides of the Atlantic. At Lee Valley the south of England Champs took place and it was a case of dusting off the cobwebs as it was for the U.S contingent. Sarah A got second in the women's long jump with a safe jump from behind the board that measured 5.42. She'd done two no jumps in rounds 1 and 2. Shame as these were good jumps of around 5.80m, but they don't count... but at least the NJ distances are indicative of what's possible
Later in the day Jonathan I took part in the TJ and had conversion difficulties in terms of coming into the board. He still managed a reasonable 15m 19cm, but we both know there's a lot more in the tank. There's no substitute for getting back onto the saddle of competition.
In the States - Jonathan G ran 6.92 for 60m as his opener. Down on his best time of 6.73, but again and with a few more races I'd expect him to be there or thereabouts. Oliver N jumped an equally reasonable 7.29m in a comp where all jumpers seemed down on their bests. The 8m man in the field only managed 7.5 metres.
Looking forwards to next weekend when the U.S team will be in action again and this includes Shola. Hopefully the performances from the squad will build across the indoors to the outdoors and the performances I know they are capable of materialise.
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