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Alex Heuer, a junior at Boyertown High, is a member of the Bears’ winter track team. Recently, she participated in the prestigeous Meet of Champions at Lehigh University. She competed in the long jump, the triple jump and the hurdle events. Her best resule was seventh in the triple jump. She admits that she was a little disappointed.
“It was a rough meet,” said Heuer. “I was going pretty strong all year and it wasn’t my best day. All athletes have it and my coach always tells me that sports don’t create character, they reveal it. The Meet of Champs really made me appreciate the talent that I have.”
Alex will be the first to tell you that she wasn’t nervous going into the Meet of Champs. In fact, she was very confident. She certainly expected a better result.
The Delaware Valley Girls Track Coaches Association (DVGTCA) is a very tough league to compete in. It has the top girl athletes in track and field during the winter track season. Half of the girls that are in the DVGTCA are going to the state meet this coming weekend at Penn State University.
All of Heuer’s events were scheduled close together, which was nice in one respect, but she didn’t get much time to recover physically or mentally.
Despite her disappointing performance, she feels that there isn’t anything that she would have changed.
“I think it was almost a positive thing to show me how good I truly am,” said Heuer. “Even though I had a terrible meet, and placed seventh in the triple, it wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t what I was looking for. Maybe, I could have calmed myself down a little bit and thinking that this meet was just like any other. I thought about it a lot though.”
Coach Joe McGlinchey gave Alex some advice during the Meet of Champions - that was to stay positive and not let things get to her head. She believes that maybe she did too much thinking.
At the first meet of the season, Heuer qualified for the state meet which takes place this coming weekend at Penn State University where she will participate in the triple jump. She’ll use her performance at the Meet of Champions (MOC) as motivation, knowing that she can do better. Alex wants to show that she can do better. Her motivation is is always to improve as an athlete.
Qualifying for the state meet early was a relief for Heuer. It put less pressure on her during the rest of the indoor track season. She also feels that it helped with the other events she participated in this past winter. She could focus more on the hurdles and the long jump.
Heuer is hoping to get a personal best at the state meet in the triple jump. She will only be competing in one event so she can focus all her energy on that one event.
“Focusing on my main event for states will be nice,” said Heuer.
Alex knows that the competition at states will be tough, especially with half of the athletes coming from the DVGTCA. She also feels that it’s going to be very tense there. She will be competing against competitors who are among the top of the nation.
“It’s really a serious and different world up there,” said Heuer.
Last year at the state meet, Heuer didn’t know what to expect, she finished eighth. Alex is looking to improve on that this year. She’s looking to use her finish last year at the state meet as motivation this year.
“I’m just lucky enough to get there,” said Heuer. “I’m using it as motivation, but I’m not going to let it get to my head.”
Coach McGlinchey is helping Heuer with her drills, making sure that her head is in the right place. He’s also telling her to stay strong and not let it mentally attack you.
Alex isn’t nervous for the state meet, but she is excited. She’ll tell you that it’s rare when she gets nervous for a meet. The only time she really gets nervous is when she knows that she has to do well on a jump and it’s her last chance. She’s hoping to do well, but just participating in the is a thrill in itself.
“I’m, going partly for the thrill and the excitement of being there,” said Heuer. “It’s a blessing just being able to get there.”
Alex isn’t sure how she’ll do at the state meet, but she’s feeling good about this week. She’s looking to finish in the top eight again this year, and believes that’s a reachable goal.
“I’ve jumped well on that track before and I can jump well there again,” said Heuer. “I have to believe in myself and do the best that I can do.”