Khorri Newton wasn’t new to track and field when she arrived at North Florida last fall.
She just felt like she was some days.
As a high jumper, she had to start from scratch, putting the experience she gained as a three-time district champion at Navarre on the backburner and blowing out the flame.
“When I first got there, the coach tried to erase everything I learned in high school and started me back at square one,” Newton said. “He retaught me how to high jump and gave me a strong foundation to work from.”
At least in that instance, the event was one she was familiar with and she competed in it during the indoor and outdoor seasons for the Division I Ospreys.
The javelin was a different story, as high school athletes aren’t allowed to compete in the event.
“It was a new experience for me. I was starting at square one and had to learn the technique and everything.”
It turned out to be a worthwhile experience for Newton, who ended her year in the top 10 in both events at the Atlantic Sun Championship meet. Newton placed fourth in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 5-feet-1 1/4 inches and took eighth in the javelin with a throw of 92 feet.
“I love the fact that I was given an opportunity to compete at this level,” Newton said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
But it wasn’t always easy as the leap from high school to college track is a big one to make.
“Training wise, it’s completely different,” Newton said. “We had practice every day from 2 to 5 (p.m.) It was intense all the way around. It was frustrating at times and challenging, but it paid off in the end.”
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