Tierra and Jackie Joyner Kersee
EDITOR'S NOTE: We've been watching Tierra sprint down the track and jump far into the sandpit since she was seven years old. It's inspiring to all of us to see her step up her quest as a track & field athlete.
Whether empowered by her success or her list of role models, Tierra Crockrell sets the bar high in track and field. Her decorated beginnings include being an International Youth World record holder jumping 13 feet 9 ½ inches and 14 feet ¼ inches, wind aided, in the long jump as an eight year old and in the standing long jump as a nine (7’2”), ten (8’1”) and as an eleven year old jumping 8’ 6”.
Most recently, she earned the title of national record holder in the triple jump (36-03.00) at the 2014 AAU Indoor Nationals. I don’t doubt her one bit when she says long jump is her favorite, but she also excels in the multi event holding numerous other event records and championships. She works hard to achieve such success, alternating practices with yoga throughout the week.
Her weekends include meets, rest and sometimes traveling down to Los Angeles, CA to train. It was there where she met one of her role models: Allyson Felix. Besides Felix she looks up to, Ginnie Crawford, Joanna Hayes, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Brittney Reese, and Will Claye. Just like these extraordinary athletes, Tierra hopes to accomplish a lot more in the future aiming for the 2016 or 2020 Olympic team.
With her focus and dedication to the sport she also keeps in mind some coaching advice: “To give it 100 (percent) all the time but also continue to have fun doing it.” It is obvious by her numerous records that she gives her all in every meet and enjoys track and field, along with a few other favorites like a big bowl of gumbo and the color, hot pink.
Tierra and Dad at AAU Indoor 2014
At the Chula Vista Training Center