Weather has limited the opportunities for Minnetonka’s Mia Barron to get outside and work on her skills as a jumper, but there is good reason to expect big things from the senior track and field star this spring.
At the recent invitation-only New Balance High School Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York, Barron won bronze medals in the long jump (19 feet, 8¼ inches) and triple jump (41 feet, ¼ inch). Had it happened in a sanctioned high school state meet, Barron’s long jump would have topped the state record of 19-2¼. Her triple jump would have been second in state history.
“I was hoping to PR [personal record] there and I did,” said Barron, who will jump for the University of Virginia next year. “Twenty feet in the long jump doesn’t seem that far off.”
Staff writer Jim Paulsen talked with Barron about what she’s done and what’s in store.
Q: Have you trained outside yet?
A: There are a few lanes of the track that were cleared off, but I haven’t been outside too much. This is always kind of the worst part of the season, when you’re ready to get outside and get rolling but you can’t. You just have to wait until it warms up.
Q: How did you get ready for the meet in New York?
A: I train year-round with a track club, the Park Flyers.
Q: Were you worried that others in the meet would have an advantage because they’ve been able to prepare longer?
A: I’ve competed in several national meets, so I’m kind of used to it. Since this was the first big meet of the season, it was kind of an eye-opener.
Q: How do you train in the winter?
A: There aren’t many indoor jumping pits. Every Sunday in the winter I go to the U of M jump clinics that Shani Marks-Johnson puts on. On other days I work on strength and speed training and some technique stuff in the Minnetonka dome.
Q: You had to be pleased by your performance, then.