North Oconee High School junior Jordan Fick entered this summer looking to diversify his athletic portfolio.
Expectations were low, but his ears and mind were open when learning a litany of different events while taking his talents to decathlon for the summer.
Fick began training just to help himself prepare for the upcoming track season as well and gain some value for potential track college scholarships down the road. He was also in it to have a little fun.
Fick has had the help of multiple coaches throughout the summer.
Fick’s family has also been heavily involved in helping him train this summer.
He and his mother wake up and drive Jefferson High School for hurdle practices and then to NOHS where he practices throwing the javelin, shot put and discus before he runs again. The heat, the time commitment is grueling but track and field is a passion for Fick.
“I was expecting to have some fun and branch out in track and see what I could do and accomplish,” Fick said. “I never knew it would go this far at all.”
Fick has caught on to the decathlon pretty quickly. His performance last week at the regional qualifying event has placed Fick among some of the best decathlon athletes in the nation. Fick finished in second place to qualify for the AAU Junior Olympics on July 28.
The ride Fick has been on this summer toward qualifying has been a surprising one, but the second place finish topped all of the surprises he’s amassed this summer.
Fick expected to be right on the cut off to reach the finale heading into the qualifier.
“It’s extremely exciting because in that meet I was expecting to be borderline fourth and maybe squeeze my way into the final,” Fick said. “I came out and have seven personal records. I had really good competition this time and the whole meet went really well this time. I was so excited afterwards because this is just my first year doing this. The fact that I got this far is awesome.”
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