Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?


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Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby aaronk » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:43 pm

If this had been a Heptathlon.........

All I can say is WOW!!
Felicia Majors, a high school senior from Virginia, scored a total of 49 individual points (in 6 events), plus 3 more from her anchor on her team's 4X400R, to lead her team to victory in that state's 3A division indoor championship!!

Here's the rundown of her "heptathlon":

On Friday, she did 3 events:

HJ in 5-5 for 4th place.
TJ in 38-4 1/4 for 2nd.
PV in 12-0 for the win.

On Saturday, she did 4 events:

LJ in 20-0 for another victory!!
500 meters in 1:13.62 for 2nd.
300 meters in 39.46 for another Silver.
Finally, she ran the 4X400 anchor leg in 56 seconds, the team taking 6th.

Okay, you multi's experts.....what was her "Heptathlon" point total??

:shock: :D
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Re: Felicia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby JumboElliott » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:59 pm

What if she can't throw at all?
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Re: Felicia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby Master Po » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Nice article on her performances, with pictures, an interview, and her stat list:

http://va.milesplit.com/articles/101187 ... -t-fs-goat

From the stat list on this link, these from her list of best performances most nearly approximate the hept. events:

55m hurdles (no 100h listed) 9.24
HJ 5'6"
SP 29'7"
200m 24.14
LJ 20'0"
JT -- nothing
1000m (no 800m listed) 3:18.03

Overall, she has an impressive range of performances, not to mention specific marks -- everything from short sprints up to 5km, LJ, TJ, PV, HJ. SP is only throwing event listed.

I see that she's going to Tennessee. Probably everyone else knew that, but it was news to me.
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Re: Felicia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby 26mi235 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:38 pm

Back several Olympics ago (2000? 2004?) there was a guy who made the decathlon team as a surprise. In there interview he was asked if this was his best set of track and field days ever. His response was, 'maybe'. In high school he won the state championship all by himself, winning SP/DT double, plus may be the HJ or LJ and some running events. Some one here probably has this story better than I do. I immediately thought of that story when I say this report.
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Re: Felicia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby DecFan » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:28 am

Some ball park figures for what she could do right now:

hurdles: 16.0
HJ 1.68
SP 9.02
200 24.14
LJ 6.10
JT (complete guess) 30.00
800 2:20

Hept total: 5152

Don't know if the reported SP is the same implement.
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Re: Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby aaronk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:15 am

DecFan wrote:Some ball park figures for what she could do right now:

hurdles: 16.0
HJ 1.68
SP 9.02
200 24.14
LJ 6.10
JT (complete guess) 30.00
800 2:20

Hept total: 5152

Don't know if the reported SP is the same implement.


Only 5152??
That's not even close to a HS record, let alone the Collegiate.
Maybe the article writer was a bit hyperbolic in saying this 7-event-performance might make her Virginia's "greatest HS athlete ever"!!

Actually, I was more impressed that she even DID 7 events than I was by her marks!!
And the marks were pretty good for a HS athlete.
Can you name any other female HS'er who could do such marks as a 12-0 PV, a 20-0 LJ, and a 500 in 1:13+??
I doubt even Ashton Eaton has tried SEVEN events....outside of a Dec......in one meet!!

I think we have a future Hept (or female DEC!!!) STAR in the making here!!

BTW, she LEADS the current HS indoor list in both the 500 (1:12.57) and the LJ (that 20-footer).
I'd say her 500 PR gives her the POTENTIAL to run a sub-2:10 800. At the very LEAST, a sub-2:15...right now!!
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Re: Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby batonless relay » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:46 am

I'm sure that her team needed her for the points but at some point the most talented kids should not be doing multiple events to benefit the team at the expense of their own personal development. Majors' events are all over the place and they're still pretty good. She's done everything from 55m to 3M and aside from not being coached to run hurdles she performs above average in all of them (1,000m, 3:18.03; 100m, 11.97; 200m, 24.14; 300m, 39.46; 3M, 20:04.00; 400m, 55.17; 5,000m, 21:06.00; 500m, 1:12.57; 55h, 9.24; 55m, 7.17; HJ, 5-6; Lj, 20-0; PV, 12-7; SP, 29-7; TJ, 39-2.25). She *could be* exceptional as a sprinter, jumper, 800 or 1500m runner or heptathlete.

Has her high school coach done her a disservice by not focusing on fewer events? I wonder which other schools were offering her scholarships aside from Tennessee because something about this girl says "Ashley Spencer". (i think she will end up an 800m runner. it's one of the only things done well at TN these days, and it's not done as well now as in earlier years)
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Re: Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby tandfman » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:27 am

Note: It's Felecia, not Felicia.
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Re: Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby aaronk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:39 am

I changed the spelling of her name in the title!!
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Re: Felicia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby Master Po » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:50 am

DecFan wrote:Some ball park figures for what she could do right now:

hurdles: 16.0
HJ 1.68
SP 9.02
200 24.14
LJ 6.10
JT (complete guess) 30.00
800 2:20

Hept total: 5152

Don't know if the reported SP is the same implement.


DecFan -- appreciate you doing this. I know it doesn't prove anything, and probably doesn't even suggest that much, but I was curious. So, thanks for the numbers!

And even if this doesn't add up to an impressive -- and entirely speculative -- hept., she's still an impressive young athlete, especially when you add to these figures the 12'7" PV and 38-something TJ.

One thing I'm curious about is whether she will focus on hept at Tennessee, or something else. In the Milesplit interview, this question was posed to her, and in reading this...

MileSplit: "Do you for see yourself doing the multis in college or do you plan to narrow your focus and specialize in certain events at the University of Tennessee? Have you had those types of conversations with your future college coaches?
FM: I plan to still be a multi in college. I love what I do and don't really want to change anything even though I probably will. I have mentioned it to them and they are aware of it. So for now, I am just gonna have to wait and see what happens there."

...I felt like I needed a clarifying question. It seemed to me that the interviewer was asking about the heptathlon (eg, as in "the multis") and it seemed to me that she interpreted it somewhat differently and replied regarding "doing multiple events" (eg, as in "a multi"-event performer). So, I am interested to find out how she does develop. Hept. may not be the best thing. Or it may be. There, I've covered the possibilities. :)
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Re: Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby DecFan » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:28 pm

Master Po, I had the same issue reading the Milesplit interview. I think it's pretty clear that she thinks she's responding to a question about "multiple events" rather than the heptathlon.

Seems to me the PV plays a big role in this decision. If she loves the event, I can't see her spending the time and energy on the hurdles/SP/JT that she would have to in order to excel in the heptathlon.

But wouldn't it be exciting to see one athlete near the top in LJ, TJ, HJ, 400 and PV?
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Re: Felecia Majors "Heptathlon"!?

Postby Master Po » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:59 pm

DecFan wrote:Master Po, I had the same issue reading the Milesplit interview. I think it's pretty clear that she thinks she's responding to a question about "multiple events" rather than the heptathlon.

Seems to me the PV plays a big role in this decision. If she loves the event, I can't see her spending the time and energy on the hurdles/SP/JT that she would have to in order to excel in the heptathlon.

But wouldn't it be exciting to see one athlete near the top in LJ, TJ, HJ, 400 and PV?


Yes -- it would be -- I will be interested to see how her career develops. I hope she is and will continue to be in good hands with coaches, and others helping her.
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