Written by Stephanie Martinez on March 10, 2021
Indoor Track and Field Conference was finally underway, and as confident as Tabetha Deines (JR/Salina, Kansas) was feeling going into her first meet day, there was also a sense of unsureness. There would only be a one event difference in comparison to her conference meet from last season, but this year would mean more intensity. With a handful of teammates out for the meet, Deines would be one of the few point scorers on the women’s side.
“It put a lot of pressure on people like my roommate [Stephanie Martinez (JR/El Paso, Texas)] this meet,” Deines said. “We knew that we had to show up in order to help our women’s team reach our team goal of placing in the top five that we had set in the very beginning of the season.”
Deines’ first race of the meet was the mile run, an event that she had just set a personal record in three weeks before at the Herschel Neil Invitational hosted by Northwest Missouri State. This was the first mile that Deines ran fresh the entire season, and came back almost two hours later and set another personal record in her 600 yard event. “I think it gave me confidence knowing that I would be able to survive more than one event,” Deines said. “Which was helpful considering I was going to be racing in such demanding events at the conference meet.”