Holy Cross Track & Field Diary: Reaching New Heights With Jessie Fallon

Jessie Fallon

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January 19, 2006
November 30, 2005
September 11, 2005

January 19, 2006

Second semester classes started yesterday. I really can't believe I only have one semester left here! It seems like a snap of a finger and I'm back in Clark Hall for freshman year. A lot has changed since then though; from learning to balance my schedule, to living in my own apartment instead of the dorms. Classes look slightly challenging yet promising this semester. Luckily I have no classes before 12:30! Ahh, the glory of being a senior. It also should be a fun semester with all us seniors just trying to have as much fun as possible.

But what I'm really excited about is competing this semester. Over break I ran on my own and drove to Worcester once a week to vault at Holy Cross. This ensured that I wouldn't lose any of the training I worked so hard at this pre-season. Practices have been going really well lately! But competitions haven't been so impressive. I've only jumped around 10'6" over the past two meets. It's frustrating to work so hard all week, and then to have a less-than-stellar performance at a meet. But I'm confident that it is going to click soon. I can feel it.

We compete this Saturday at UNH. I'm extra pumped to jump this weekend, not only to prove I can jump 11'6" but also because it's my home state! I guess you'll have to stop by again to find out how it goes!

Until next time,
Jessie Fallon

 

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November 30, 2005

It's 2:00 a.m., I've been studying for seven hours, and realized I haven't written in this online journal in quite sometime. We just got back from Thanksgiving break, which I must say is such a tease! We go home for five days, eat a lot of great food, spend time with family and friends (shout out to the 603!), and in my family's case even pick secret Santa. After this much needed and fairly relaxing break, we return to Holy Cross for an all out sprint to winter break, that is filled with tests and papers!

Two things come to mind this early Wednesday morning. First of all, congrats to our coach, who gave birth to her second son late Sunday night! Second, we have our first meet this Saturday at Brown University. It's inspiring to see that despite all the tests and papers we have, the girls on the team still have energy to be excited for this weekend's meet.

Personally, the first meet of the season fills me with somewhat conflicting emotions. On the one hand I am super-pumped to vault in a meet atmosphere and show everyone what I've got. On the other hand it's intimidating. I put so much pressure on myself to vault well that it's hard to imagine doing anything but my personal best. However, having grown as a vaulter over the past four to five years, rationality takes over and I realize that every meet is a chance to test myself athletically and mentally, as well as an opportunity to prepare for the Patriot League Championship. This Saturday, I'm aiming to jump 11-feet plus. Stop in soon to see if I do!

Until next time,
Jessie Fallon

 

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September 11, 2005

My name is Jessie Fallon. A little background on me is probably a good way to start off this online diary. I'm from Nashua, New Hampshire. I went to Bishop Guertin High School where I competed with the varsity cheerleading and track & field teams. I began track as an 800-meter runner. We quickly discovered that the 800 wasn't my forte. So, with my background in gymnastics (I was competitive from age 10 to 16), my coach decided to put a pole in my hand. Now, polevaulting on the other hand was definitely the event for me.

Now I'm a senior in college and one of the captains for the women's track & field team! Its crazy to think that I have been pole vaulting for close to eight years now. Time flies when you are flying off a pole over a crossbar. Haha.

Now, me off the track. I'm an economics major. I choreograph with one of my best friends, Cara, for the hip hop portion of the Holy Cross dance ensemble. I also give weekly tours of the campus to perspective Holy Cross students, like you! As far as career plans post-graduation, I had a great internship this summer with a financial computer software company, FactSet Research Systems. I was lucky enough to have received a job offer at the end of the internship! So after this year I'll be returning to FactSet fulltime!

I think that will do for now. On an ending note, I'm pumped for this year! I'm ready to lead a great group of track ladies to some great times, both on and off the track. Personally, I'm dying to vault 12 feet-plus this year. Let's hope all this preseason lifting and running is going to help me get there.

Thanks for stopping in,
Jessie Fallon

 

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