Fallon starts drive toward reaching state meet goal
In Carson High’s track team room there is a Wall of Fame. It’s reserved for school recordholders or state meet participants.
Before the 2009 season had even started, then-sophomore Alex Fallon was seen penciling in her name in an open area on the wall. Quite cheeky for a sophomore, but then again you have to know Fallon.
Carson’s standout triple jumper, who will graduate after just three years at Carson and study abroad in Denmark next year, has steely resolve and a lot of confidence. If she sets a goal, you can bank on it that she will reach it.
Fallon became the school’s top triple jumper with a mark of 37 feet 2 1/2 inches at the Carson Invitational in April, which was the best mark in Northern Nevada this season and possibly the entire state.
Fallon, who has improved by nearly four feet since the end of last year, will attempt to reach her second goal when she leads Carson High into the 4A Regional Track & Field trials at Damonte Ranch High School at 9 a.m. today.
“I feel pretty confident,” Fallon said Friday before going through a light workout in preparation for today’s meet. “My coach has prepared me just fine. If I can get a jump of 35 or 36 feet, I may stop there since they need me to run relays (800 and 1,600 relay events).”
After failing to make state last year by just a couple of inches, coach Robert Maw changed Fallon’s jumping style.
“In the triple jump, she was jumping off her strongest leg twice,” Maw said. “Now we have her going off the weaker leg twice.”
It may sound strange, but you certainly can’t argue with the results. Fallon didn’t bat an eyelash when Maw approached her about the change.
“Coach Maw does a lot of research,” Fallon said. “It took about a meet to get used to it. It’s definitely working. Coach has worked with me the last six years. Everything he’s told me has worked.”
Maw just smiled when told of Fallon’s comments.
“It certainly is true. We do have that sort of relationship,” Maw said. “Whenever I’ve asked her to try something she has done it. It’s nice to have that sort of relationship with an athlete.”
Because of her early graduation plans, Fallon is entering the final three weeks of her track career at least on American soil. Nothing would make her happier than qualifying for the state meet on May 22.
She may not be through with the sport, however.
“My counselor in Denmark is trying to find a track club in Denmark for me,” Fallon said. “Hopefully he can find one because I’d still like to compete.”
Fallon said she made the decision to graduate early this past fall.
“I originally wanted to go after I graduated next year, but I would have been too old,” Fallon said. “This year was the last year I could do it (sign up) to go.”
Fallon is no stranger to Denmark. The Fallon family visited Denmark a couple of years ago on a biking vacation, and Fallon enjoyed it immensely. That trip started her wheels turning.
“Her mom was an exchange student 30 years ago, and it made a real impression on her,” said Kevin Fallon, Alex’s dad, who coaches tennis at Carson.
Fallon said she’s constantly been buried with schoolwork all year. While her teammates are out enjoying their weekends, she’s in her bedroom hitting the books.
Besides her junior classes, she had to sub an English class for a Spanish class, do her Senior Project and take an online history class in order to graduate.
“Alex is the captain of her own ship,” said her dad. “She is self disciplined and self motivated.”
That’s what will make her a success in track and in life.