March 6, 2014 Issue
Brinson chases championship
Brewton Parker’s freshman sensation Jonina Brinson is set to represent the Lady Barons at the 2014 NAIA National Championships.
The freshman from Swainsboro qualified in the triple jump at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Feb. 22 track meet with a mark of 36-7.75ft. Her achievement places her as the 25th ranked triple jump competitor in the nation.
“I was praying constantly and trying to get my steps right so I could qualify,” Brinson said in response to her performance. “I knew I had a chance but things did not go well for me early on. I missed the board on my first jump which put a bad taste in my mouth. If I wanted to go to nationals, I would have to overcome a bad first attempt. On my second jump I gained more speed that carried me down the runway.
“I stood by Coach waiting for the measurement and when I heard the 11.17 I screamed with joy because I had achieved my goal. I couldn’t wait to tell my parents, they were so happy. Coming from a small community and attending a small school, qualifying for Nationals as a freshman is a blessing.”
The Lady Baron’s Head Coach William Parker called Brinson a special athlete.
“Going into the event, we had our eyes set on hitting the qualifying mark of 35’7,” Parker said. “She had her confidence shaken up after the first attempt but quickly regained her focus on attempt number two. She hit the board perfectly and had a lot of strength going into the pit. Her determination set the stage for a great afternoon of jumping. I am excited and proud to watch her compete on the biggest stage collegiate athletics has to offer.”
Brinson becomes the first women’s indoor qualifier in Brewton-Parker’s history and will represent the school when she competes for the Triple Jump National Championship in Geneva, Ohio on March 8.
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