When former Razorback pole vaulter Sandi Morris fractured her left wrist on May 20 at a meet in the Czech Republic her chances to make the US team for the Rio Olympics seemed to be in doubt. As recently as a couple of weeks ago Morris considered the possibility that she might have almost no time to begin full scale scale workouts before the trials began.

Waiting for doctors to clear her to put full pressure on the injured wrist Morris and her coach were forced to think outside the box to have her as ready as possible once she was able to vault again.

“It was tough,” Morris recalled. “We had to really get creative with training. How do you train to be a pole vaulter if you cannot use your left hand and you cannot pole vault?”

With a week and a half to go before start of the competition Morris finally began to vault for the first time since her setback. Starting slow with a shortened approach, Morris at first did just enough to test her left wrist. By the end of Wednesday’s practice she was coming close to the equivalent of a mark that would probably punch her ticket to Rio according to her coach.

“Fifteen nine will make the team,” University of Arkansas assistant women’s track coach Bryan Compton predicted. “It was exciting seeing her come back and look healthy. The technique is right on spot of where I think we should be right now. I think it will clean up within the next week.”

For Morris that first workout was all about testing what her doctors had told her.

“The doctors said it’s healed enough to the point where the bone is now stronger than the rest of the bone, “Morris explained. “It couldn’t have felt better. Yes there was still a little bit of pain but that’s about as good as it’s going to get at this point and I’m going to make the best of it.”

Confident that the injured wrist will now hold up Morris was able to say that the entire ordeal could actually work in her favor, telling the Razorback Nation, “It kind of gave me a new perspective and it gave me more motivation. It kind of reset everything for me. I had to start all over and redo my game plan.”

Compton will up the ante over the next few days.

“Saturday we’re going to come back and I’m going to try jumping from full approach,” Morris revealed. “That’s fourteen steps back from takeoff, just four more than I’ve already done so it’s looking good and I’m really confident.”




From: http://www.nwahomepage.com/razorback-nation/morris-takes-major-step-as-olympic-trials-near

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