Adamson’s state run curtailed by lane phobia
LAKEWOOD – Mental games can sometimes be an athlete’s biggest struggle, as Summit High School freshman Brittany Adamson knows all too well.
Adamson, the sole member of Summit High’s track and field team to qualify for state this year, hit a psychological stumbling block Friday in the preliminary 100-meter hurdle event at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
She finished the event in 18 seconds – six-tenths of a second slower than her second-place time in regional finals and significantly short of the 16.47 finals qualification requirement.
Adamson’s mental game began when she was placed in lane nine for the event – a lane she has negative associations with. In fact, she’s downright scared of it.
“I was supposed to be in lane seven, I was excited about that,” Adamson said. “But they reseeded us, and I ended up in lane nine. I’ve had some bad experiences in lane nine.”
Adamson’s lane-nine phobia began when she was in eighth grade last year when she was put in lane nine at the state finals after falling in lane four during the prelims. Although she went on to take second place, the lane makes her shaky.
“I think it’s more of a psychological thing,” she said. “I almost started crying when I found out I was in lane nine. It really freaked me out. I thought I would fall or hit the curb next to me. Then, there was a bunch of people who I thought would be sitting on the fence right there. I let it all really get to me.”
Adamson finished 19th in prelims and missed the finals, which take the top nine finishers. She said she is going to spend her summer and fall training and already has plans for next year’s state competition.
“I plan on training really hard to improve my time and not get psyched out by lane nine,” she said. “It’s really cool I got to (state), but I was expecting to do better. I was feeling pretty good until the whole reseeding thing. In my heat, I had the state champion from last year … all that stuff kind of added up, and it psyched me out.”
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