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College Signing Continues

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The college signings have been fast and furious for local athletes.
Ngozi Ekeledo for Idaho's First News caught up with a future division one athlete who is balancing the present, with her future aspirations.
For Jerome's Jasmine Nesbitt these last few months of her senior track season have been completely hectic. "Right now I'm focusing on high school and graduating, and then on the end I'm like 'okay, after this I need to start my training because I will be competing against some of the best in the country."
The future Idaho state runner is currently dusting the field in distance running and has won every one of her events in her past few meets so has her high school domination actually added extra pressure?
"It's just expected, i think, more than anything. She's going to be the best runner in the region by far, and when she gets to state she's going to have a chance to be in the top of very event."
Jasmine: "I am stressed all the time, but that's part of it. You have to deal with that. My coaches, they'll plain out tell me sometimes that you had a bad race, and I just have to suck it up...and use that for the next race to do better."
Now to the casual spectator, when Jasmine Nesbitt runs, it looks effortless. But what's really going through her mind during one of her races?
Let's say 800 hundred. At the start line you get in your position. Don't get boxed out. Keep your pace. Once you hit the 400 you start picking up your pace and then hold it the last back stretch 100 then you start kicking the last 200."
It's clear that Nesbitt has a gift for the sport but her mental toughness may be her biggest asset and toughest trait to replace.
"I'm not one to do the minimum, so I can just fly by. I do everything I can possible so I can be the best because being good isn't good enough for me.


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