List Journeys to the National Junior Olympics

John List fires out of the blocks in the Decathlon 110M High Hurdles
August 11, 2016

The Sharks John List recently concluded the 2016 summer track season by competing in the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, California. List (16) qualified in the Decathlon, 110M High Hurdles, and the Javelin by placing 2nd in the USATF Region 8 Decathlon, 2nd in the Javelin, and 5th in the Hurdles. Due to schedule and budgetary constraints, John competed only in the Decathlon finishing in 11th place overall.

To make the trip to nationals an even richer experience, John and his Dad drove all the way to Sacramento. On the way out they hit the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada before crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains and entering Sacramento. Upon their descent down the California side of the slope, they were greeted with 104 degree heat as they made their way to their rented AirBNB house in midtown Sacramento on the afternoon of Saturday July 23rd.

Following a day to rest and recuperate from the long drive, John began competing on the morning of Monday July 25th. The first day of competition did not go as well as hoped, yet still left John in position to earn a spot on the awards stand. On day One, John finished 9th in the 100M (12.04), 18th in Long Jump (5.47 meters), 6th in Shot Put (11.65 meters), 15th in High Jump (1.60 meters), and 14th in the 400M (55.38). Day two was a stronger day. John finished 5th in the 110M HH (16.25), 3rd in Discus (38.86 meters), 15th in pole vault (2.80 meters), 2nd in Javelin (44.04 meters), and 16th in the 1500M (5:13.20). His performance in the Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, and 1500M were all personal bests, as was his overall score of 5326 points. A score that netted him 11th place overall, but with the exceptionally deep field and tight competition left John only 79 points out of 7th place. Some of the disappointment in not making the medal stand was assuaged by the realization that in 2015 his score would have earned 6th place, and in 2014 it would have earned him 3rd place overall. Considering the high level of competition and the extreme triple digit temperatures, it was a performance of which we can all be proud.

The trip home began on Wednesday July 27th, with a pilgrimage north to Eugene, Oregon to visit the track facility at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Then a right turn to scale the Cascade Mountains, journey through southern Idaho, veer northeast to a quick tour through Yellowstone National Park, an awe inspiring early morning drive through the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming and Montana. Then a stop at the Little Bighorn Battlefield, and the long drive home through South Dakota, Minnesota, and onto home in Cottage Grove.
Congratulations to John on a fine season. Along the way he met or exceeded preseason goals in 6 of his 10 events, and bested personal records in 7 of the 10 events, several more than once. A huge thank you to Coaches Chuck, John, Rick, Greg and Landon would did fine work in getting John prepared to compete on a national level. See you in 2017!

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