Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Indiana's Sean Thompson, Hempfield's Jasmine Jones
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Claim to fame: Thompson went 4 for 4 with four singles and five RBIs in Friday's 13-3 Section 2-AAA victory over Derry. Thompson is batting .490 with 26 RBIs, and is 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA as a pitcher for the Indians (10-7, 8-3).
What do you credit for your good day at the plate?
I was seeing the ball pretty well that day. I had a good week of preparation going in. I felt good in the cage all week.
What are the goals for the rest of the year?
Finish off the rest of regular season strong and have that carry over in to playoffs. Hopefully, we get some momentum and see what kind of run we can put together and play as long as we can.
What drew you to commit to Virginia Commonwealth?
I love their facilities. It's really professional down there. I really got to get a good relationship with their coach, Shawn Stiffler. He's from Somerset so he's a Pa. guy and I hit it off with him. I felt that was the right place for me.
Any pre-game rituals?
Before the game I always put my left sock on before my right, and I put my left shoe on before my right shoe. I've been doing that for a couple years.
Do you have an inspirational quote or saying that you always look to?
I do. I actually have it tattooed on me. It's a scripture. Joshua 1:9.
People say tattoos are addicting.
Yeah, I got a second, too.
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: Jones had a strong outing at Friday's Baldwin Invitational, winning the 400 in a personal-best 57.7 seconds. Jones also placed second in the 100 (12.23) and third in the 200 (24.92). To finish the day off, Hempfield won the 400 relay (48.08) with Jones as the anchor. The Hempfield girls team also won the overall team championship.
What were your expectations for your last Baldwin Invite?
My expectations were to take one race at a time. Just focus on one race and work my way over to the next race.
How were you feeling after the 100 final?
I'm glad how the 100 final went. Move over to the 400 and it was a (personal record) this season. That got me very excited and ready to run my 200 race. It instilled more confidence in me.
Was fatigue an issue?
After the 400 my body felt dead. I knew that I had teammates that were depending on me and I had to be ready for that next race. The relay is one of my favorite events because it's a team effort.
How would you describe your performance at the Baldwin Invite?
I felt like through all the years I've been to Baldwin I went out with a bang somewhat, you can say. I felt that I worked hard to leave my mark on that track. That's the first year I ever ran the 400 and to run a 57.7 that was just great to me.
What goes through your mind at the start line?
People will never believe me when I say I'm nervous before every race I run. I try to imagine myself running for food. Food motivates me a lot. I focus on that a lot, that it's at the end of the race waiting for me. My goal is to get that food and to PR and be happy.
What food do you imagine at the finish line?
Usually junk food, which I shouldn't be eating or I imagine a four course meal.
— Justin Criado
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