Haleigh Batty believes she is where she needs to be physically.
Now, the Hancock College freshman believes, she just needs to be sure her mental approach is where it needs to be as well.
With her women's long jump competition at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Track and Field Championships three days away at the time, "I'm 100 percent physically," the Cabrillo High School graduate said at a Wednesday practice at the Hancock track.
Success in athletics in general, with the long jump certainly no exception, "depends just as much on the mental as it does the physical," said Batty.
Her goal for the state meet is the same as it has been all season. "I want to go 20 feet," she said.
The bulk of the CCAAA state track and field meet will take place Saturday at Bakersfield College. The women's long jump is slated for a 2:45 p.m. start. The top seven in each event at the meet will medal.
Batty's career best is the Hancock school record 19 feet, 10.25 inches she jumped at the April 20 Western State Conference Preliminaries at Santa Monica College. At the Southern Cal regional competition at San Diego Mesa College, Batty's jumps had an atypical pattern.
They kept getting shorter. Though Batty qualified easily for the state meet at the Southern Cal finals on May 12, her best was 18-2.25 inches after a best of 18-8.5 at the May 5 So Cal prelims.
"My speed wasn't there," at the Southern Cal competition on the run-up to her jumps, said Batty.
"That's going to be the big thing for me (physically, anyway); getting my speed up," said Batty. "That and having a good pop."
Batty said the cool weather during the Southern Cal competition wasn't to her liking.
"I like the warmer weather," said Batty. "It's good for the muscles." The weather at the state meet should be to Batty's liking. At press time the forecast high for the Bakersfield area Saturday was 88 degrees.
Batty has jumped at the Bakersfield College facility twice before. "I like the runway," she said.
The Hancock freshman had a best of 17-9 at a meet at Bakersfield in February and a best of 18-1 at another meet there in March.
"Practices this week have been going well," said Batty, who qualified for the high school state meet when she was a senior at Cabrillo.
"Hopefully, it will all come together."
Hancock coach Louie Quintana said, "She'll have her work cut out for her. There are a couple of good jumpers from the Bay Area.
"Things have been going well in practice for her this week. At this point, it's just putting together all the things she's learned."