One On One With Caitlin Hewitt
Feb. 10, 2009
Stanford junior Caitlin Hewitt had a big meet at the New Mexico Classic last Saturday when she achieved a personal best of 12-11 1/2 in the pole vault. The mark was also a NCAA provisional standard and places her 25th on the current NCAA list. Hewitt is looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time this season. She took a few moments to answer some questions for gostanford.com.
Describe your outstanding performance this past weekend in New Mexico.
I hit the provisional standard and a PR in the pole vault.
What are your thoughts on your performance?
I was happy with it not just because it was a PR, but I accomplished several things that I had been working toward in practice. I made the transition onto a longer series of poles with which I had been having trouble, and I became more confident in my run by moving to a shorter approach.
How have your progressed since high school and throughout yourStanford athletic career?
I have had a slow progression since high school because I lacked a gymnastics background and the necessary body awareness to fix technical aspects of my vault. We have been working piece by piece on sections of the vault, and things are finally all starting to come together to translate to better performances.
Explain how you became involved with the pole vault.
My dad was a collegiate gymnast, and he had pole vaulted in high school. He recognized that I had similar strengths to a gymnast and that I was fast, so he told me to give it a try. I was involved in a lot of other track events in junior high and high school, and I nearly quit pole vaulting within the first few weeks because I found it so difficult.
What is one of your favorite memories involving the Track team?
One of my favorite memories was an epic camping trip that the pole vaulters and multi-event athletes took this past fall. We decided to be adventurous and ditch the tent, so of course it rained, and we had encounters with coyotes, raccoons, and tarantulas. It was a great bonding experience to say the least.
What is your year, major and what has been your enjoyable class at Stanford?
I am a junior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Environmental and Water Studies. One of my favorite classes was an introductory seminar called Renaissance Machine Design where I built a Renaissance-style water pump.
What are your personal season goals? Team goals?
Personally, I hope to qualify for the NCAA Championships and make the finals both indoor and outdoor. In terms of team goals, it would be great to win the team title at both MPSF indoor and Pac-10s outdoor as well as placing highly at both NCAA Championships.