Luke Briggs Training Blog – 6/5/2012 – State Meet Weekend and Looking Forward to NBN
Its been an priviledge to have the opportunity to blog for IR this past season. thanks for those who have been on the ride along with me!
The team traveled to IU Friday morning to get a feel for the track. Post run meal was at Subway, where i had their breakfast for the first time. I saw the commercials for the breakfast and thought it was a stupid idea.. but it was pretty awesome. I spent the rest of the day at home, trying to find things to do to take my meet off the next day which wasnt very affective since i was anxious pretty much the whole day. I watched the live feed of the girls meet (which didnt help my nervousness) and saw very impressive performaces throughout.
The day of the meet i made sure not to sleep in. We met at the school at 12 and were off for the meet shortly after. The 4×8 relaxed after doing a shakeout on the track. we did our warmup on the upper track, which is the first time i have run on a cinder track since back in elementary school. Seeing all the teams get ready really got me excited. I kept my eye on the 1st heat of the 4×8, and saw that Brebeuf won with 7:51 and Bloomington South had run 7:53. Since there was inclimate weather coming, they got our heat started right away. I did one stride before i heard the gun go off and Conner start us off. Since we were in the 4th box, we were out in lane 7. Pike was there with him and pulled him through fast. They both cut in at the break already with a lead. I saw him go through the 200 at 25-26 and cringed, hoping that that first 200 didnt ruin him. Luckily he held strong, making a move with 200 left to go into first. The last 100 meters he really started to lock up and Fishers and Carroll passed him handing the baton off to me in 3rd in 1:55 high. I stayed right on the Carroll runner while the Fishers runner took off. I passed the Carroll runner coming out of the curve 300 meters in. After that i slowly made my way back to fishers and made my move past him with 250 left. Carroll came up on me with 100 left and passed me. I handed the baton off in 2nd place to spencer, right in front of Chesterton. This is when Carroll really started moving and we were not in contact with them after this point. Spencer got passed by Chesterton and stayed right on him until 200 left where he made his move and kicked hard to get his brother the baton in 2nd. Fishers made the move into 3rd to handoff to Rocky, who flew to catch Calvin. Calvin let him do this and just like his brother took the backseat and let Rocky carry him through, until 250 left where Calvin really moved and finished in 2nd with a time of 7:44.00. Calvin somehow can run faster his second lap and went 58,56 to run our fastest leg of 1:54. I am definitely ok with getting second to a team that ran 7:41. They are ranked 4th in the nation and we are 12th.Great day for us. Devyn Mikell competed in the long jump and bettered his last year’s jump of 11th place to get 10th. Chase Alexander and Josh Smith competed in the shot put where chase got 15th at his first IHSAA state meet as a junior and Josh got 6th in the meet
All of our state qualifying athletes are headed down to New Balance Nationals from June 14-16. I look forward to finishing my high school career on the track. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks again to everyone who have read my blogs and encouraged me throughout the years. Also thanks to those who doubted me or teammates, those people are always motivation to go out and . “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, criticize”. Good luck to all of you in the upcoming seasons. Indiana running has really gone in the right direction and im very excited to see what those people who aren’t graduating can do in coming years. I am just so grateful and thankful for all the experiences i have gone through in the last 4 years, which have made me the runner and person i am today.