Alnwick triple-jumper Emma Pringle is hoping to smash her personal best after shaking off her injury issues just in time for a major national
The 22-year-old Gateshead Harrier only returned to full training earlier this month after a calf injury, but is back in action and raring to go ahead of the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Gatorade Nationals that kick off in Sheffield tomorrow.
Pringle pushed through the pain barrier to compete at the British Indoor Championships in the Steel City on Sunday, February 9, and finished seventh on the day.
But, after recovering from a false start to 2014, Pringle, who is studying for her Masters in forensic science at Northumbria University, believes that she will be hitting her stride by the time BUCS comes around.
“I’m setting the bar very high for myself; I want to come away with a personal best and a medal,” said Pringle, whose personal best stands at 13.01metres
“I’m getting the consistency so by the time BUCS comes around, it should be about performance.
“I want to jump far, I’ve got a figure in mind and it is above 13 metres.”
The former Newcastle University student cleared 12.68m at the British Indoors, building on a leap of 12.66m at the Steel Cup in January.
However, Pringle was unhappy with the distances that she was jumping and believes that now her injury is behind her she can go much further.
“I haven’t really jumped much since August so it is really about trying to get some competition practice and getting back into the swing of things,” added Pringle, who finished second at last year’s event with a leap of 12.58m.
A timely boost came last weekend, when Pringle finished in first place in both the triple and long jump at Saturday’s North East Counties AA Field Championships.
After getting another competition under her belt, which included a 12.72m leap in the triple-jump, Pringle added: “I should feel ready to go to BUCS and do well.
“I think that I’ll be ready and raring to go by the time it comes around.
“This year I feel like my training has just gone to another level.
“I’ve got a new strength and conditioning coach and my training has gone through the roof; it has made a huge difference.”
This year’s BUCS Gatorade Nationals will feature nearly 6,000 student athletes from 130 universities, competing in 11 different sports for national honours.
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