By Mac Moore
Sophomore Hayes Grissom is a javelin thrower for the Men’s Outdoor Track and Field team. Last year at the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) National Championships, Grissom placed second with his top throw of 63.74 meters. Grissom placed fourth at the Arkansas Spring Invitational on March 29-30 with a throw of 64.01 meters.
The Indoor team finished their season on a strong note, do you think that there will be any drop off between then and the start of the outdoor season?
Not really. Our coach keeps us pretty busy. If anything, I’d say we took advantage of that time off to continue to improve and get stronger.
What are your expectations for the season, both personally and as a team?
I expect my teammates to set new personal records. I’ve seen all the countless hours and hard work they’ve put in. I’ve been right there with them. There’s no reason they can’t be some of the best competitors in their events. As for myself, I expect nothing less than a national championship. I’ve sacrificed a lot to get where I am and I honestly believe I cannot fail in achieving the success I desire.
What will be the biggest obstacle in the way of a national championship?
The biggest obstacle I face is a probably how excited and psyched I get right before I compete. I usually harness it pretty well but I definitely over think my goals and let the excitement get to me in some of the bigger meets, like Arkansas or KU Relays.
Pulp Fiction or Cool Runnings
These days it’s Ellie Goulding. The Bassnectar remix of her song “Lights” gets me pretty pumped to throw.
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