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High school track: Keystone’s Quillen focused on postseason

As a senior, she has one opportunity, one last shot to make it happen and she is completely focused.
Keystones Jenna Quillen is looking to improve upon her finishes in the 100m and 300m hurdles in 2013.
Quillen placed fourth in the Division II 300 hurdles at state with a time of 45.30, nearly one and a half seconds faster than her qualifying time (46.72) in which she finished eighth.
At that point, when youre at state, thats the end of the line, theres not much you can do to just change, so you just have to go out and give it your all and not think about it, Quillen said about improving her time in the 300 hurdle finals. You have to trust all the work you have put in the season will put you in a good place.
As for the 100 hurdles, she was in a place where she did not want to be.
After being crowned district champion in the 100 (15.43) and the 300 (45.67) hurdles, Quillen missed out on qualifying for state in the 100. In fact, she did not qualify for the final heat at regionals.
In the second heat of the preliminaries, Quillen finished with a time of 16.56 24 hundredths of a second away from competing in the finals, and possibly, giving her a chance to make it on to the podium at state. It is a moment that has lingered in the back of her mind.
It has motivated me a lot, because last year, it was a really weird situation at regionals, Quillen said. I was high jumping and there wasnt room for me to warm up for the 100 hurdles, and I was jumping well, so my coach just said, you know what, well just keep me high jumping and go to the hurdles before I have to start. Because I didnt get my routine in, it was in my head and I didnt run well and that will definitely make me push harder for this year.
Quillen said she is strictly focused on the hurdle events in the postseason, however, she is open to competing in a relay, because she does have experience in the event.
Last season, Quillen teamed up with current teammate Emily Peters, and now graduated, Brittany Gates and Nikki Tuttle, in the 4×100, which finished ninth at state with a time of 55.48.
I would love to be in one of our relays again, that was the most exciting thing about going to state last year, was with our 4×100 team, Quillen said. We were such a close group of girls and for us to do that one thing weve never done in the finals really broke our hearts, but both Emily (Peters) and I both had to overcome it to run in our other state races.
Earlier in the track season, Quillen was running in the 4×400, then the 4×200, and for the first time all season at the Bob Knoll New London Invitational on May 10, was competing in long jump.
For conference, Im not sure what were going to do, because were looking to win it, Quillen said about which events she will take part in. Our coach (Jeff Holzhauer) is going to put us wherever we need to be to score as many points as we can. As far as regionals and districts go, I would love to be part of another relay team.
With the Patriot Athletic Conference championship this week and the district championships beginning on May 19, Quillen is coming close to her PRs in the 100 (low 15-second range) and 300 (under 45 seconds) quite an opportune time to do so.
Im not where I want to be just yet, but my times that I have been competing recently are faster than times I ran at the same time last year, Quillen said. Im in a better spot than I think I am. I know with conference and districts coming up. that my times will start to drop more and I think Ill make my PRs.

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