Fisher Heads to IAAF World Juniors with Team USA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Marking the final event for Bethune-Cookman athletes of the 2013-14 school year, freshman jumper Kenneth Fisher heads out this week to represent the national team in international competition at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships.
Although the competition will take place in Eugene, Ore. from July 22-27, Fisher takes off on Friday (July 18) to join Team USA. Routing through Orlando, Atlanta and Portland before arriving in Eugene to work through pre-meet training with Team USA Head Coach Thomas Johnson of Northwood (Fla.) and jumps coach Norm Tate (Rowan).
Fisher earned his spot on the team with a B-CU record setting performance of 7.84m (25-08.75 ft.) to finish second at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior National Championships in early July, competing at Oregon’s Hayward Field for the second time this season. He will make his third appearance at Hayward with the IAAF meet; his first coming at the NCAA National Championships in June.
Wildcats Athletic Communications was able to catch up with the sensational rookie on Thursday and find out what’s out his mind before beginning his journey to the international stage.
Q: How excited are you to be part of Team USA in a world championship meet?
A: I’m very excited. This is my first team, so I’m looking forward to the experience.
Q: Do you already know any of your teammates on Team USA?
A: I met the team on a group chat, so we’ve been chatting it up. The guy I was jumping against [at USATF] who won it [Travonn White, Central Arizona College] while I got second, I kind of met him already.
Q: On adapting to working with a different coaching staff...
A: I adapt pretty quickly. I just know what I have to do. I think that’s why I progress fast, because I know my body and what I have to do.
Q: Speaking of progress, you made a lot of progress throughout this year, what was the biggest factor?
A: Staying committed and staying focused. I set a goal that I wanted to reach and didn’t stop until I reached it.
Q: On your expectations to go further on the international stage...
A: Most likely. That’s what I’m hoping for. I’m going for the gold, so I’m going to have to go further.
Q: What distance are you going to need to reach that goal?
A: Moving into the 26 (feet) range to at least be top three in the competition.
Q: This is your third time at this facility this year, does that give you a little bit of a competitive edge?
A: I would think so. I’m familiar with the track, the runway, the surface; so I would like to think it would give me an advantage.
Fisher is set to take on the Qualification Round of the long jump at Hayward Field at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET) on July 23rd. Results from the event will be available on the IAAF Meet Website. In addition, fans can keep up with Fisher’s experience via periodic updates to a travel blog on www.B-CUathletics.com, featuring photos and thoughts from Eugene and the competition.
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