NCAA title in hand, Shardia Lawrence says her best is yet to come

By June 10, 2019

At the start of the season Kansas State University triple jumper, Shardia Lawrence set a target of achieving a mark of 14 metres by season’s end. She fell one centimetre short, but it was good enough to win the 2019 NCAA Division 1 title in Texas on Saturday.

Lawrence, a senior at KSU produced a personal best 13.99m on her final jump to claim the title over Florida’s Yanis David (13.93) and Kentucky’s Marie Josee Ebwea-Excel 13.87m.

It wasn’t perfect but it was good enough for Lawrence, who was overjoyed with the victory.

“I just felt proud to see my hard and work and dedication pay off,” she told Sportsmax.TV.

“I knew I had greatness coming but I couldn’t tell when. I was waiting on God’s timing to bring forth such a remarkable achievement. My goal heading into the meet was to break the school record and a place in the top three. This performance is a life changer for me because I now have an idea as to what it takes to reach 14m.”

Lawrence was trailing heading into the final round but her preparation had her ready to seize the moment.

“My coach, Vincent Johnson, ensured that I executed only three jumps in my training sessions so it was do or die,” she said.

“We both taught me how to handle pressure through training. I took care of my dieting and continued to trust God. Everything I did I did with all my might. The effort exerted this year propelled me towards this win because I had blood in my eyes that I was going to achieve what I wanted.”

But with 14m still eluding her, Lawrence said she knows that is a lot of hard work ahead since she has decided to eventually become a professional athlete after she completes school.

“There is certainly room for improvement. I haven’t reached my limit in the weight room or on the track. My love and passion for the triple jump keep me going. I have to continue until I am among the elite athletes,” she said, explaining that she intends to remain with her current coach when she completes her undergraduate degree next spring.

“I want to make this a living so I have decided to stay with my coach and be the best I can be.”

 

 

 

 

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