Alright friends here’s the update:

Last night was the final meet of the “Run for the Dream” Summer Series meets.  It was held in Lemoore and it was a perfect evening for track and field… once the sun set.  We started the evening with our 7th grade vaulter, Chase, making a big clearance at 9 feet!  Our girl’s freshman super-star, Casey, followed him with a great clearance of 11 feet (3.35m).  At the last meet Dalton struggled to get off the ground, but we moved him to a short run this week and he had a bar clearance.  I know he would have wanted a higher bar clearance, but I was so proud that he made the best of what he had with a short run!  As the sun started to set it was finally time for me to jump, and warm ups felt great.  My run had been pretty inconsistent a couple weeks ago, but I found a groove, and each run was hitting within a few inches of each other, making it easier to focus on the top half of my jumping this week.  First attempt 11 feet (3.35m) went well and cleared it pretty easy.  The next two heights followed in-suit with first attempt clearances (11′ 6″ and 12′).  Now came the test.  With two misses at 12’6″, I stood at the end of the runway telling myself “this is the week you are going to make it, a miss right now is not going to happen”.  I powered down the runway, took off, dropped my shoulders back, and tried to work my way up the pole… brushing it slightly on the way down I knew I had made it, and couldn’t help but let out a scream before I even hit the mat!  So incredible!  It’s the best jump I’ve had so far in a competition, 12’6″ (3.81m).  Smiles all the way around.  Praise be to God!  I am so thankful He is allowing me to do this :).

I’m looking forward to next week.  My coach is back from Maui and there is a lot of work to be done!  And it looks like I will get the opportunity to hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park with one of my best friends, Tatalie Nurner.  Ya I know…. Tatalie… who has a name like that?!? 😉

Verse of the day
Philippians 2:3-4
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”