Thursday, September 6, 2007

Track Meet

Samantha had her first track meet today. Since there are ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIVE kids on the track team, the events are starting out as being somewhat randomly assigned. Ever since track has started Samantha has talked about her preference for sprinting over the longer runs, but we simply weren't sure where they would put her.

Weighing in at sixty pounds with 2/3 of it being legs, I thought she had a fitting physique for a track athlete and believed it a reasonable possibility that she could end up where she wanted to be. I've been very proud of her willingness to try something new, and I trusted in the experience of the coaches to find a suitable event to fit her abilities. Which, in my mind, did not include any kind of title involving the words "shot" or "put".

Seriously.

Call me crazy(or judgmental), but when I envision a girl who does the shot put I imagine a stocky build, short hair, a slight mustache, and names like "Edna". You know, the kind that you try to avoid running into in the bathroom and that you don't like to make angry. I do not visualize petite frames with bulging blue eyes whose shoe size is the same as "Edna's" thumb.

But Samantha was on the list for Shot Put and the 800 Meter run. She nearly cried in the car as she announced her fate, but she showed up and did both events today to the best of her ability and did great. She may not have a particularly bright future throwing balls that weigh more than she does, but she's definitely a champ.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

As her aunt and also a Steele (who was the fastest girl at her highscool) she should be RUNNING, not throwing some ball. Tell her coaches to get with the program. I'm still trying to picture Samantha shot putting and I can't quite wrap my mind around that one.

Boliver

Anonymous said...

So, did she fall over as the ball left her hand? I would imagine that the counterweight needed to get that thing propelled into the air is WAY more than Sam... soaking wet... with her backpack on... full of books... big, heavy books...
Ganelle

Anonymous said...

I guess that is one way to give her a good right hook. Might come in handy later.
Ginger

Paige said...

Oh, good for her. You can start to call her Helga, now.

Heather said...

Awesome... Poor girl.

Carly said...

All I have to say is "Ms. Trunchbull."