Monday, June 27, 2011

Catching up with recently graduated Dublin HS track and field athlete, Keremiah Crockett...

Today we chat with former Dublin HS track and field athlete, Keremiah Crockett (photo to the left at the NCS MOC courtesy of and Margaret Gallagher).  While other Northern California athletes such as St. Mary's Berkeley hurdler Trinity Wilson, James Logan triple jumper Ciarra Brewer and Davis HS pole vaulter Ian Rock got a lot of the publicity for their winning efforts at the state meet, Keremiah quietly finished in 2nd. place in the triple jump jumping a lifetime best 49'1.75" on his 5th attempt.  He won NCS last year in the triple jump and went on to compete at the state meet earning some valuable experience in the trials.  This year he finished in 2nd. place behind Jonte Grant of Hayward HS at the NCS MOC meet but made up for his loss at the section meet with his podium finish at the state meet.  

1) Besides Track and Field, what other sports have you played?

I used to play basketball and football during my freshman and sophomore years in high school.

2) How did you get your start in Track and Field?

I started really doing track and field in 8th grade. I knew i was fast and I loved to race my friends so we all decided to do track. 

3) What other events have you done besides the triple jump? What are your best marks in those event

I have run the 200 in 22.90 and long jumped 23ft 3in.

4) How did you get into the triple jump?

My freshman year I was just going to do long jump until our jumps coach told us freshman about the triple jump. He told me that I would be pretty good at it. It took me a while but I finally got it down and it eventually became my favorite event.

5) What were some of your highlights during your freshman and sophomore seasons?

I dont remember much about those two seasons but my freshman year I took 2nd. at our league championships to a senior from Acalanes.

6) You made the state meet last year in the triple jump. What did you do differently than previous years and owe for your improvement last year?

Well this year I was just a lot better prepared. Last year, I had no clue what the state would be like or how the track (Buchanan HS) would feel. This year, we went to an invitational earlier in the season where the state meet would be held so I could try and get used to that type of track.

7) What were your goals going into this season?

My goals for this season was to make it to finals in state this year and to maybe place. Also to jump at least 49 ft.

8)  Who are your coaches and how have they helped you throughout your four years at Dublin HS?

My freshman head coach was coach Goldstein. My first jump coach was coach Banayat. He introduced me to triple jump and showed me the basics. My head coach now, Coach Williams, has helped me to better my skills and take it to the next level with building up my strength and trying better my form. 

9) What did a typical week look like for you during the season in terms of your workouts and meets?

Our meets were usually on Wednesdays. Our practices usually consisted of doing run throughs to make sure we were on the board, doing accelerations, bounding, working on landings, and the occasional weight room workouts.

10) How did your experience last year at the state meet help you this year? Did you have to make any adjustments due to the weather?

Going to state last year really helped me out for this year. I was a lot less nervous because I knew exactly what to expect. The weather was a little rainy this year but I have practiced in a lot worse so it didn't bother me at all.

11) Where will you be going to school next year?

Next year I will be jumping at Eastern Michigan University with future teammates Solomon Ijah and Donald Scott and coached by former Cal coach, Chris Huffins.

Thank you very much for your time Keremiah!  AJC 

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