KSU's Shardia Lawrence feels 'really strong' heading into Indoor Nationals

By March 04, 2019

Even though she did not jump as far as she had planned at the Big 12 Indoor Regionals in Lubbock, Texas, Kansas State University’s Shardia Lawrence is going into the NCAA Indoor Nationals this week full of confidence.

Eleven days ago, Lawrence, a senior from Jamaica, established a winning mark of 13.23m claiming the gold medal ahead of Sophia Falco of Texas (13.13m) and Chinne Okoronkwu of Texas Tech who managed a creditable 13.05m for the bronze medal.

The win aside, Lawrence said she wasn’t happy with the performance.

“I wasn’t pleased with the mark I ended with because I fouled my big jumps,” she lamented. “However, I felt I was very competitive and courageous.”

It is with that positive mindset with which she enters competition later this week, still hopeful she can approach her season goal of 14 metres.

Lawrence by virtue of her 13.58m season-best ranks her fourth in the division so when she steps onto the runway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, it would be a good time for her to achieve her season’s goal if she is to end up on the podium.

 “I am really feeling strong, fit and confident going into nationals,” said Lawrence, who ranks behind Yanis David of Texas (13.84m), Kentucky’s Marie Jose Ebwea-Excel (13.78m) and Oregon’s Chaquinn Cook (13.60m).

“Coach has been critiquing my triple jump skills so we limit mistakes on the day. There is always room for improvement in every area in the triple jump.

“There's nothing much we can do at this point but to get on top of my mental game and get ready to compete. The work is already done for indoors.”

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