Interview with Jordon Kimbrough
Jordon is a sophomore jumper on the indoor team this year who has had a breakthrough season. He has set personal bests of 5-3 in the high jump, 17-4.5 in the long jump and 38-8 in the triple jump.
This season you’ve really had a breakthrough as a jumper. What did you do to get to that next level?
In the off-season, I’ve looked back at some of my previous performances and tried to correct some of my issues. I’ve also been trying to hit the gym as much as I can to get stronger and continuing to practice my technique. I think most importantly, is that I watch some of the better athletes in my event to see what others do differently or mastered to see it for myself. Recently I have also been watching Olympic performances in my events to see the best in the world and how they accomplish such great distances.
What are you most proud of about the season so far?
I think that just being able to go to all the big meets made me particularly happy like the Ithaca Bomber Invitational and the Dartmouth Relays. I never would have though when I started as a freshman that I would attend these large meets the juniors and seniors went to.
What goals do you have for the upcoming championship meets?
I’m really trying to shoot for 40 feet in the triple jump because 40 feet is the qualifying distance for State Qualifiers. I think if everything goes right and I don’t psych myself out, I’ll come close or even break 40 feet.
What makes the indoor team special?
I think our team is unique in the ways that everyone gets along very well and no one has real problems with one another. In practice, everybody is working exceptionally hard to become that much better of an athlete. No one (that I have seen) goofs of or cuts practices. We are a very competitive team that strives to become amazing in each event we do.
You participate in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Do you think this year round commitment has contributed to your success? If yes, in which ways?
I think it has in that cross country developed my stamina and endurance to keep pushing when I’m getting fatigued and exhausted. I think the combination of indoor and outdoor is a great benefit because there isn’t any large breaks if you do one sport or the other. It gives you lots of time to get your technique down and that much longer to improve.
What advice would you have for someone who wants to bring their performance to the next level?
I’d say that you should always work your absolute hardest during your training time and remember what you do outside of practice will carry over to your overall performance, good or bad.