Spring weather adds extra challenge for athletes
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – Alyse Neal’s face furrowed into a frown of disappointment.
Sure, Saturday morning dawned chilly and rainy, and organizers would have been forgiven if the scheduled track and field meet at Humphreys High School got called off and Neal, a Seoul American senior, hadn’t gotten the chance to long jump at all.
But Neal did jump. And she matched her Far East meet record with a leap of 5.3 meters in Korea’s first competition in four weeks. She had jumped that in a meet previously this season and had gone longer in practice. Despite the conditions, Neal said she had hoped to jump longer.
“If she did that under these conditions, she knows she can do better in nicer weather,” said Falcons coach Joseph O’Connor about Neal, who continues to chase the eight-year-old Pacific record of 5.42 meters.
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