Alex Majetich was good at triple jumping -- especially for only learning it midway through track and field season -- but she didn't want to jump in college. She'd rather run.
Now, though, she's open to jumping. And all it took was her best jump of the season.
"At [Western-Central Mass.] individuals, when I pulled out the 37, that changed everything," the Mount Greylock graduate and All-Eagle MVP said. "I didn't think I'd be able to jump over 34 [feet]."
She was. A few times, in fact. She topped The Eagle's Honor Roll in the event with a 37-foot, 3 4-inch jump, earning a second-place finish at Western-Central Mass. that qualified her for states.
As good as Majetich was in the triple, it wasn't even her best event.
She was a New England qualifier in the 100 meters, winning a Western-Central Mass. Division II championship in the event (12.48 seconds). Her 12.2-second run earlier in the season was the county's best. She also topped the Honor Roll in the 200 (25.9), distancing herself from the rest of the Berkshires and earning a scholarship to UMass Lowell along the way.
It was quite a three-year whirlwind for Majetich, who transferred to Greylock from Kinnelon, N.J. She said the transition to Williamstown as a sophomore was made easier by welcoming teammates and a knowledgeable coach in Brian Gill.
"He already knew my 100 times, and he already knew I was on a 400-meter team that went to the Meet of Champions, which is kind of like states in New Jersey," Majetich said. "He actually sought me out. I shadowed in November, so before I even moved there, he sought me out. I immediately tried out for the team.
"I already loved track, so there was no way I wasn't trying out."
Gill wasn't the only one who knew Majetich's times coming in. Fellow All-Eagle honoree Jenna Phelps knew, too.
"Initially, I was kind of afraid of her because everyone always talked about how fast she was," Phelps said. "Over the years, she's shown me how much of a team player she can be, and her drive has really shown through."
In hindsight, it was a short trip for Majetich from a 400 relay spot as a sophomore to a lead role in sprints and jumps as a senior. Majetich is back in New Jersey now, increasing her weight training and interval workouts in preparation for, at least, the outdoor season in Lowell.
It's too soon to forget, though, what her time in Williamstown meant to her.
"I was blessed to be part of such a great program, have Coach Gill and have such great jump coaches," Majetich said.
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