Senior Jack Bouchard was the surprise winner the Class B long jump as he entered the meet with a personal best of 18-7. He jumped 20-10 to move from the 8th seed to the top of podium. Jack showed his talent with the win, as he is also the defending New England Champion the javelin. We caught up with him to ask about preparations, his goals for the season, and how he was able improve so much at states.
What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?
My preparations were simple. On the days leading up to the state meet, I practiced my approaches and envisioned myself jumping far.
How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?
I dealt with all of the emotions of the state meet by channeling them into energy and motivation.
You came into the state meet seeded eighth with a personal best 18-7. Did you come into the meet expecting to have such a big improvement? You had the lead all the way up until your final jump where you needed a personal best to win. How were you able to pull of the victory?
I wasn't expecting that big of an improvement, but I still was expecting a PR. I was able to pull off the win by keeping myself calm and just breathing.
Coming into the season what were your goals and did you achieve them?
My goal coming into the season was to maintain a decent fitness level for outdoor and I far exceeded that goal.
You are the defending state and new england champion in the javelin, what are your goals for this spring?
My goals for the spring are to throw far and stay healthy.