May 1, 2013
Elder hopes to carry momentum into MIAA Championships
By David Boyce
Northwest Missouri State senior Megan Elder heads into the MIAA Track and Field Championships with the right attitude.
Elder is excited about her potential to top last year’s eighth-place finish.
“I got one point for it,” she said.
Elder is also nervous. The MIAA added new teams, which means new competitors.
“They are pretty competitive in the pole vault,” Elder said. “As of right now, there is a four-way tie for eighth, and I’m one of the eighth.”
The MIAA Championships begin Friday at Fort Hays State with the multi-event competition and runs through Sunday. The weather forecast is actually good with temperatures rising from the mid-50s on Friday to the 60s on Sunday.
“If it is a warm meet, it would be the first warm meet all season,” Elder said. “We are used to the temperamental weather.”
Elder wants to make the most out of this opportunity. Two years ago, she transferred to Northwest after a successful track career at Highland Community College. She placed fourth at the outdoor NJCAA national meet in the pole vault and sixth at the indoor NJCAA national meet.
The move to a four-year school was easy for Elder.
“I have loved it here,” she said. “Track has made the overall experience a positive one mainly because of my teammates. It was an easy transition from JUCO because I came into a family.”
When Elder is not jumping, she will be cheering on her teammates.
“One of the good things about pole vaulting is you can be relaxed while everybody else is going,” she said. “You can cheer on teammates when they are running around the track, but when it is actually my time to go up, I can get into the zone easily.”
Elder, though, wants to do well in her event. She is coming off a first-place finish at the Grand View Viking Classic last Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. She vaulted 11-7 and nearly made 12-2, which would have been a school record.
“I was actually over it but I started too far back and I came down on it,” she said. “If I can redo it again, I will be sitting pretty.
“Yes, I would like to get the school record, especially since it is my senior year. It would be nice to do something like that to leave behind.”
A school record would also mean Elder finished higher than 8th and that would mean more than one point for the Northwest women’s track team.
“We are aiming for top five overall,” Elder said.
Whatever happens, Elder is going to enjoy the conference meet. Her days of pole vaulting in competition are nearing an end.
“Pole vaulting is an adrenaline rush every time,” she said. “It is anxious nervousness, but it is great.”
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