Alphonso Jordan's Journal: NCAA Championships

Saturday, June 13

That’s a wrap!

Friday, June 12

Coach Page where are you?

Thursday, June 11

Search and Rescue

It’s day 72, and the hope we once had begins to fade as the search and rescue teams begin to call off their searches, lol. There was a bright side to the day however as Steve Marcelle garnished his first All-American honors and the first in Tech’s history as a shot-putter. The weather was nice for the first time in a long time and so the marks in the events proved that. Tomorrow is a big day for the jumper’s as Jerome begins his bid for High Jump immortality in his quest for gold. I also jump tomorrow in the prelims of the Triple Jump. Stay tuned as results come forth Jackets.

Wednesday, June 10

And then it rained

Finally got some action today, as coach Page and I went to the track early this morning to get our last practice in before competition started. The throwers got things kicked off with some good performances at the start of the meet. Arkansas has a very nice facility, so the other events at the meet were pretty good also.

Then the rain came, and postponed the meet for about three hours. And it wasn’t just rain folks, we are talking about lightning and strong winds, seen a few cars flip over and everything, lol. The meet finally resumed around 10:15ct with Jerome qualifying in the high jump for Friday’s final. Be on the lookout for the finals of Steve in the shot put and E.C. in his prelim rounds of the 1500.

Tuesday, June 9

Mama Dean’s Home Cookin’

Day three began a little late. Getting rest was priority number one for today. Grabbed a quick breakfast before I had to go to the track and walk a few laps alongside Coach Page. Competition starts tomorrow for the team so be on the lookout for big things to come out of the prelims rounds.

No limeades but we replaced that with about a gallon of sweet tea and some home cooking from Mama Dean’s (Ask Coach Hinsdale). We have our bib numbers, our shoes are spiked up and we are ready to rock and roll.

Monday, June 8

Oh Sweet Limeades

After sleeping all day yesterday, I finally got into a little something in today. The hotel provided a pretty decent breakfast for the team to get us started for the day. First day of practice was pretty good around the board from what I could see.

We spent the majority of the day out there just laying around and chilling with a few athletes from other schools. Had to hit up Sonic for Happy Hour (no alcohol involved), to get the usual Limeades, which has become the official pre-competition drink for GT Track & Field. Tomorrow should be a real chill day, but should anything jump, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Sunday, June 7

The Arrival

This week we are competing at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We left Atlanta early early this morning (like 4am) to get here. We flew through Dallas then took a connection to Arkansas. For those that fly a lot, early flights set you up for a long morning and even longer afternoon filled with a few Strawberry-Limeades from Sonic.

Haven’t done much sleeping this summer but I made up for it today. First day of practice takes place tomorrow. Try and get a feel for the track. The team had a good regional meet so we’re just trying to build on that. Everyone looks fired up so the plan is to come back with plenty hardware.

Until next time, Godspeed

Alphonso

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