On Saturday James and I were in Jamestown (we went up Friday night after school) to watch the college Al Cassel Track and Field Meet. Mr. Cassel was a coach at the college there in the 1950’s and though he didn’t donate enough money back to the school (perhaps due to the wages being low) to get a dorm or building named after him, he spent enough years there to get their annual meet named after him. I am old, but I didn’t actually even meet him. I heard of him from Coach Greeno, who was there enough years to have a football field named for him, that man bled orange and clotted black.
So, enough of the history lesson of Jamestown College, now known as the University of Jamestown. We were there to watch Paulina in her first ever home meet. We also stopped at the Civic Center to taken in two final matches by Jaxon in his first ever state wrestling competition. He came away with two trophies. The match that is shown in the picture to the side was his first one on Saturday and against a boy who major decisioned Jaxon in the match at Killdeer. Jaxon won this one 13-12. They were tied at the end, but Jaxon was awarded one point because they said the other boy was stalling. This was freestyle and everything has to be really quick. They don’t give you time to crawl around the mat trying to figure out what to do next as they do in the style which is more like high school wrestling. It was exciting and now Nate will have to build a set of shelves to start housing Jaxon’s trophy collection.
Paulina ended up hitting personal records in both the hammer throw and the shot put. Discus seems to have gone by the wayside for now. I think she is so busy learning and focusing on the hammer, that the discus steps are all out of sorts. I didn’t tell her on Saturday, but when I was taking a class at Northern State on testing in Special Education our teacher had an interesting theory. She felt that we each had a certain capacity to learn. She explained it almost like a computer’s memory file, that it could reach a full capacity and then if you want to introduce something new, you end up erasing some of the old. She claimed that she saw some students in her earlier years of teaching when pushed too hard would back up and forget basic bodily functions because they were being challenged too hard academically. Perhaps the memory for the discus steps have dropped out the other end or at the least been compressed to an unreachable place for now.
Oh well, it was a fun day to be with the family and Paulina and see some of the group she throws with again. I wanted to get a picture of the group together as we left, but I was a little shy to ask. There are two seniors and I remember how hard it was to say good-bye to seniors in college because they were often going far away or came from far away. We would tell each other that college friends stay friends for life and maybe with Facebook that is true, but I have lost touch with all of mine. It would be nice if some of them ever showed up at a reunion again. Ah well, I digress.
So, the meet and the match are over and what did James and I take home from it? Well besides it being a long day, I now have a cold and sore throat. I am pretty sure most of it was from being run down and sitting out in the cold getting super chilled. Part of it might be a little allergy issue too. Hopefully I will be better after a couple of days of Watkins salve and hot lemon and honey and rest. Oh yes about that last one, we have track meets Tues, Thurs, Fri and Saturday. On Wednesday I have Bible Study and on Sunday we are heading to Dickinson to see David be baptized. It never slows down here. Catch you later, have a good one.