DeJulio eyes five-foot-mark at state meet
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FARMER’S KORNER ” If Nadi DeJulio can do today at Jeffco Stadium what she did Monday at Summit High School, the senior high jumper could have a shot at placing in her first 4A state meet.
“I cleared 5 feet?” DeJulio asked Tiger coaches Kevin Mastin and Kirk Shoop excitedly during Monday’s workout. “This feels good.”
Without knowing it, the Summit track and field team’s lone representative at the state meet had just cleared the highest mark of her life.
Although DeJulio’s personal-best in competition is 4’10” (established earlier this season), clearing her first five-foot bar indicates that she’s peaking at the right time. It’s also something of a confidence booster.
“I’m not surprised she qualified for state,” Mastin said. “She’s been jumping well lately.”
DeJulio, a third-year team member, didn’t pave her way to the coveted state meet in long jump until her last possible opportunity ” the regional meet, last week in Lakewood. She claimed third place that day with a jump of 4’7″, but it took her four jump-offs against D’Evelyn’s Alyssa Benjamin to do so.
“Going into the meet, I was hoping to place,” she said. “When I heard there might be a jump-off, I thought, ‘Cool, I might get third.'”
In order for DeJulio to place among the best in the state today in Lakewood, she must finish in the top eight.
“I don’t know what height they’re starting at,” she said. “But I hope I can get 5 feet.”
“There’s about a half dozen kids in the state who can jump over 5,” Mastin said. “But as soon as you get beyond that half dozen, Nadi’s right in the hunt.”
Not only did DeJulio have the benefit of a 2-1 coach-to-athlete ratio on Monday, she got to enjoy the end-of–season taper process.
“We’re not going to do any more hard work or anything to get her tired,” Mastin explained. “We’re treating each practice like it’s a meet ” have her warm up, get nice and springy and jump really intensely for a short time. … We might be able to squeeze out an extra inch or so because her technique is better at this time of year.”
Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at email@example.com.
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