Houston track signee Cameron Burrell recaps his adidas Grand Prix Dream 100 victory
What’s up everybody! It’s Cameron again.
If you don’t know by now, I just won the adidas Grand Prix Dream 100 in New York City. The title means the world to me. I worked hard for it, and I’m glad I reached my goal. It was a great experience, and I wish I could go back, but I’m sure there are many more great things to come.
During my warm up, I felt great but it was FREEZING – 40 degrees, raining and windy. Not exactly ideal sprinting conditions, but I tried not to let it faze me. I felt good and still ran a good race.
I wanted to listen to music during my warm-up, but I didn’t find my iPod. I can get motivated without music so I just went along without it. (I thought I’d left my iPod in the hotel, but it wasn’t there. I looked through my bag again and there it was! I had it the whole time.)
I felt like everyone in the competition was a threat. All those guys are really fast and great athletes – I couldn’t take the competition lightly. I wasn’t nervous at all; I never get nervous before competing. I work too hard to get to the line, and I’m confident in my abilities.
Icahn Stadium was very nice. There was a new Mondo track installed, and the warm-up area was big enough for all the athletes. The adidas Grand Prix is a diamond league meet so it was very organized.
New York is a great place. I stayed in the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, and I was near Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building and a few blocks away from Times Square. Grand Central stood out more than anything – Hermes statue and the ceiling are incredible, and the Grand Central Terminal Clock is valued between $10-20 million!
Next on my agenda: New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. I need to hit the A-standard for the 100-meter, which is 10.21 (wind legal), so I can qualify for the U.S. Championships.
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Until next time y’all!