On March 8th, at the Armory Indoor Track in New York City, well know McMahon student-athlete Justin Forde (‘19) finished his senior indoor track season with a national triple jump title.
“This meant a lot, it was like a reassurance that all the work I put in wasn’t for no reason. I am a special athlete and I have to work really hard at everything I do to make sure I become the best high schooler to ever do triple jump and this was a major step into completing that goal,” said Forde.
This national title was a huge accomplishment for McMahon. It helped to show other students and staff at McMahon what their track program stood for. “This means so much to the McMahon track program because it is an indication that all of our student-athletes that are working hard are on the right path to where they want to be athletically.” said Track and Field coach Patrick Bradley.
After winning the nationals Forde now holds three records for triple jump with 51.3 feet; one for McMahon, one for the state of Connecticut and one for New England which besides Connecticut includes Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
The preparation and mindset before the match was very important for Forde who was coming off of an ankle injury just a few weeks prior. “Due to Forde being cleared just two weeks before the event the main focus in preparing was mentally letting him know that he is a top notch athlete and that he knows he can do it and just going out their and do it was the very important speech.” said Bradley.
“My mindset going into the event was to go all in and give everything I had no matter the outcome because I wanted to walk away with no regrets,” said Forde.
With the season starting on April 9th Forde and the rest of the rack program hope to come out with a bang. “The plan for the spring season is to break the national record and become national Gatorade player of the year,” said Forde.