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Track and Field: Minor jumping for senior season goals

MATTHEW ROBISON | Thursday, January 21, 2010

Senior jumper Jaime Minor is starting off her senior season on the right foot. Always a determined athlete, Minor has stepped it up a notch in her final year.
“Jaime has made a huge turn around since I have come to Notre Dame,” Irish jumping coach Jim Garnham said. “With her training, work ethic and her entire attitude toward track and field.”
A three-time Big East championships competitor in the triple jump, twice indoor and once outdoor, Minor has been working hard to make steady progress over the years. This year, she is in position to a make a serious run at the Big East again in the long jump, triple jump and 60-meter dash.
Minor had an impressive performance to start the season at the Blue and Gold Meet with a fourth place finish in the 60-meter dash, a second place finish in the long jump and set a Big East qualifying mark at 11.30 meters in the triple jump, winning the event.
In the Notre Dame Indoor Opener, Minor finished sixth in the 60-meter dash and fourth in the long jump. But in her best event, the triple jump, Minor captures first with a Big East qualifying mark with a jump of 11.38 meters.
To get to this point, Minor has completely dedicated herself to making this year her year. She stayed in South Bend this summer taking classes and training at the Irish facilities.
“She worked very hard this summer and came into the fall with an unbelievable attitude, very focused on what she wants to accomplish,” Garnham said.
Although her coaches have laid out specific goals for her to accomplish this year, Minor holds herself to a standard higher than even her coaches demand.
“I know my goals for her, we have spoken about them,” Garnham said. “I believe she has set some higher goals than what I was thinking.”
In order to achieve those goals, Minor has been hitting the track, gym and weight room hard to get to the level at which she needs to be to compete for Big East titles.
“In the weight room, she straight gets after it,” Garnham said.
Aside from her personal achievements, Minor has shown strong leadership on and off the track.
“[Her teammates] look up to her for her leadership,” Garnham said.
Minor has always been a jumper and has competed in the long and triple jumps the past three seasons. This season, she has added the 60-meter dash to her résumé to help her work on runway speed. Minor has also competed in the 100- and 200-meters in the past.
As good as the past has been and the present is for Minor right now, the future looks brighter than ever, especially in her featured event.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Jaime,” Garnham said. “She is a very talented athlete who I believe is just beginning to scratch the surface in the triple jump.”