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June 26, 2012

Disappointment at trials delays Hutson’s dream

TERRE HAUTE — Knowing that her career-best jump would have won the meet, Kylie Hutson wasn’t happy with seventh place Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Trials for women’s pole vault.

But after a short break, the former Terre Haute North and Indiana State star will get back to work, a short-term goal being the world championships in Moscow next year and the long-term goal remaining the same, just postponed for four years.

“It was very tough emotionally [on Sunday],” Hutson told the Tribune-Star by telephone Monday afternoon. “I’d been building up [to the Trials] for a couple of years now … it didn’t turn out the way I wanted at all.”

Having the first round of trials postponed by rain Friday night meant all 27 vaulters had to compete on Sunday, but Hutson said that wasn’t a factor.

“There were more girls [in the final] than there would have been … and the wait between heights was a while,” she noted, “but you’ve got to put all that stuff out of your mind.”

All but eight of the competitors had been eliminated by the time the bar got to 14-feet-5 1/4, and Hutson was one of four who couldn’t manage 14-9 — the Olympic qualifying standard — to continue in the competition. Lucy Janson and Mary Saxer both went out at 14-11 — Saxer being the fourth-place finisher because of earlier misses, Janson the third qualifier — and Becky Holliday went out at 15-1, the winning height for 2008 Olympic silver medalist Jenn Suhr.

Hutson’s career best is 15-5, meaning she was Olympic-eligible with a finish of third or better, but she hadn’t hit that in awhile.

“I had some really good warmups [Sunday],” she said, “but there were some tough winds on my first two attempts [at 14-9].” Trying to adjust for the wind caused her steps to be slightly off, Hutson added. “I was trying to go for it [on the third jump], but it was just a struggle.

“It wasn’t my day. It hasn’t really been my year.”

Hutson, on her way to a whale-watching expedition with her parents later Monday afternoon, will rest for awhile, then start training for the 2013 Moscow competition.

She’s still only 24 years old. Suhr, Holliday and Janson are all at least 28 — Hutson’s age in 2016.

“I’m disappointed, but I’m still working hard,” she concluded Monday. “I’ll plug away and work toward my goal — until 2016 at least.”

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