Marsielle McBeam – Contributed
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Former Vere Technical jumper and now Central Michigan University freshman, Marsielle McBeam, cleared 1.70m for a third-place finish at the Grand Valley State University Quad in Allendale on Saturday.
The 19-year-old athlete, who hails from St Ann, helped her school finish third in women’s competition behind Mid-American Conference rivals Eastern Michigan and Grand Valley State.
In this her first season competing indoors, the jump on Saturday was a five-centimetre improvement on her season debut 1.65m effort at Eastern Michigan on December 7, 2012. McBeam said she is glad to be competing again.
“It feels good competing again after a year’s break,” she said. “I had some obstacles in that time, but I am working to accomplish more.”
After leaving Vere, McBeam spent a year out of school waiting for her paperwork for school and other issues to be sorted. She departed for the United States last summer and is eager to resume her athletic career.
“I have settled in well. I had a good semester last year with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA),” she said. “I’ve learnt how to adapt to different things, including the weather and people from different socio-economic backgrounds.”
She is now focused on getting better jumps by improving on her technique.
“In terms of the high jump, I am working on the technical part of my jump. It’s been challenging, but that is what is going to make my jump higher,” she said.
McBeam competes again in just over a week, but she is looking forward to the Mid-American Conference championships, coming up on February 24. She is even more eager for the outdoor season to begin.
“I can’t wait for the outdoors. I am excited bad,” she said.
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