New York Competition – The Millrose Games

by Keith Moffatt on February 24, 2012

A Quick Update on My Progress

First meet: 7’3.25″
Second meet: 7’4.5″
Third meet: 7’1.5″

It’s been 10 days since my last competition and I needed the down time to get ready and rest up for my next competition. After each competition, I like to evaluate the great things I did and the mistakes I made, similar to how Soliant evaluates a call to a candidate or client. Correcting my mistakes and highlighting the successful things I do is the perfect recipe for success.

After a great week of training, I was confident and ready to compete in New York. I arrived in New York on February 10th, a day early before my competition. I actually missed my original flight and had to take the next flight out, but that is another story! It was snowing and the weather in New York was cold and windy, and the streets were always bumper to bumper traffic. There was what seemed like millions of people wandering around the city and every block featured a towering skyscraper. I have been to New York a couple of times when I was younger and I never had the chance to explore the city. After my competition, I planned to do a little exploring.

On competition day, I arrived at the facility and was anxious to get started. I was told that I would be competing in Madison Square Garden, but it turns out the competition was moved to The Armory. I was upset because I was excited to go to the Garden, but it wasn’t that important. I had to stay focused.

The Armory is a really nice facility with a great atmosphere and the fact that it was sold out helped a lot. After I checked in to my event, I started to warm up. I was scheduled to jump at 7:30 p.m., but the opening ceremony rolled over into our competition time. I didn’t panic about this because I was trained to always be ready for the unexpected. After the ceremony was over, I only had 10 minutes to get a mark down and take a few practice jumps and start.

The competition came down to Jesse Williams and me. Jesse Williams is the defending world champion, and ranked #1 in the U.S. I managed to jump a season-best of 7’5″ but he was able to clear 7’7.25″. In the end, I was happy with my results. I am in the right position heading into my last indoor meet, which is February 25th in New Mexico.

After the Competition
I went back to my hotel at about 9:30 p.m. after my competition and immediately went to a pizza place on the corner and paid $10 for two slices of pizza. After that, I went and bought some cheesecake. I know this food is not a part of my diet, but sometimes you have to live a little. I was very sleepy at this point and just wanted to get a shower and go to sleep. My roommate suggested that we go out and see what the nightlife is like in New York. Even though I was exhausted, I still went. The bad thing about New York is everybody walks, rides the subway or takes a taxi. No one drives! I took a taxi with some friends and went bar hopping in Times Square. I had fun and was excited to see Times Square. The time went by so fast, before I knew it, it was almost 3 a.m. I went back to my hotel with just enough time to pack my bag and get two hours of sleep and head to the airport. New York was fun and I can’t wait to go back.

Next Competition: Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 25th – USA Indoor Nationals


{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Drew 02.24.12 at 10:41 am

Congratulations on your season best jump at The Armory and good luck at Nationals Keith.

Jamie Doshier 02.24.12 at 10:41 am

Congrats! Keep the momentum going!!!!

Wayne Bridges 02.24.12 at 10:41 am

Congratulations Keith on your finish at the Millrose Games! We are very proud and pulling for you tomorrow. We know you will do well. Sunbelt is behind you bro…good luck!


Chelsea MacDonald 02.24.12 at 10:43 am

Keith, GREAT JOB! You were only 1.5 inches shorter than your all time best. How did I know that you would go out for pizza? Jesse Williams doesn’t have anything on you kid. Keep up the good work. Oh, and good luck finding your horse when you come back! 🙂

Kim Western 02.24.12 at 10:43 am

Great job on your season’s best! Much luck in Albuquerque!

Tera Tuten 02.24.12 at 10:44 am

Keith, you are inspiring! To be able to stay laser-focused on your performance with all of the changes (switching locations, ceremony running over, etc), is amazing. Definitely makes the road blocks and hurdles I face seem small! Good luck this weekend at the US Nationals.

Damion Smith 02.24.12 at 10:45 am

Congrats, Keith!! It’s awesome to know that we have a true champion in our ranks. I wish you best of success as you continue to the next level of competition and I look forward to cheering you on in the upcoming olympics!!!

Danielle Capone-Sullo 02.24.12 at 10:45 am

Congratulations Keith! Good luck to you tomorrow in Albuquerque!!

William Maitre 02.24.12 at 10:46 am

Keep it up. all the hard work will pay off in the end

Erin Carter 02.24.12 at 10:47 am

Jump over the moon! Good luck in New Mexico.

Anna Minick 02.24.12 at 10:48 am

Good luck, Keith! Safe travels & have FUN in New Mexico =)
…I may steal your back rest while your gone!

Craig 02.24.12 at 10:49 am

Great job on an amazing season so far Keith! Best of luck in your upcoming competitions!!!

Stephanie McDaniel 02.24.12 at 10:49 am

Keith, Fantastic Job in New York!!! I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished! Good Luck tomorrow, I know you will be great!

Crystal Rodriguez 02.24.12 at 10:52 am

Great job, Keith!!!! Keep it up!! 🙂

Patricia Robinson 02.24.12 at 10:55 am

Keep up the great work Keith this all sounds very exciting. A huge part of being an athlete is discipline and focus. You operate in both qualities. Safe travels and enjoy your journey.

Ashley Petrilli 02.24.12 at 10:59 am

Congratulations Keith! Good luck in your competition tomorrow, you’re going to do great!

kimberly Anders 02.24.12 at 11:00 am

With all your success and current obligations, thank you for taking time out to share your story! Good luck living our your dream!!

Betsy Hill 02.24.12 at 11:02 am

You’re doing GREAT Keith, Keep it Up!! Best of luck this weekend in New Mexico!! I won’t let BB steal anything from your desk and I’ll be sure to save the rest of the Sweet Tarts (except the purple and blue ones, those are mine) 🙂 GOOD LUCK BUDDY!!

Jessica 02.24.12 at 11:04 am

GOOO Keith!!! Your Attitude and Determination are AMAZING!!! I wish you the BEST OF LUCK!! Have a Really FUN TIME!!! I know you will do GREAT!!! You are a True Champion in EVERY sense of the WORD!! =)

Rita DeLisa 02.24.12 at 11:05 am

Keith – you are an inspiraton to us here at Sunbelt!! Best of luck and may you achieve all that you inspire to!

David Alexander 02.24.12 at 11:07 am

“Correcting my mistakes and highlighting the successful things I do is the perfect recipe for success.”

Thanks for the reminder Keith – best of luck!

Kristin Shinholster 02.24.12 at 11:13 am

Great job! We are so proud of you!

Jessica Yurman 02.24.12 at 11:27 am

Awesome job Keith!! Way to go! 🙂

Whitney 02.24.12 at 11:28 am

Congratualations that is wonderful!!

Ron Washburn 02.24.12 at 11:32 am

Keith we all look up to you (except maybe Mitch); keep making us proud and I want your autograph when you get back.

Beverly Butler 02.24.12 at 11:39 am

Go Keith, get your jump on man!!!!
I will be there with an American Flag so look out for me. I may be a little invisible that day but we will celebrate your win when we get back to Atlanta.

FYI – Betsy put a lady bug on your desk for good luck…don’t know how you feel about that…

Mark Mares 02.24.12 at 11:46 am

Go get ’em Keith. I hope this is a breakout meet. 7’6″ and top two.

Meryt 02.24.12 at 12:24 pm

Great Work Keith!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Luck!!!!!!!!!

Tom 02.24.12 at 12:25 pm

Keith, congrats on your NY performance, and all the best this weekend in NM. You’ve got a ton of people behind you ready to help lift you over that last inch or two!

Ileana 02.24.12 at 12:26 pm

Keep up the good work Keith!!! You are an inspiration for all of us.

Curtis T 02.24.12 at 12:44 pm


Great job keep up the good work………………………… see you at the top. Hurry back to the office though, my coffee cup is empty and Mitchell is slacking off as usual.

Curtis T. Brown (as in James, Bobby, Bad Bad Leroy, Jim………….)

Whitney Baird 02.24.12 at 1:10 pm

Keep it up!! Good luck 🙂

Joseph Davis 02.24.12 at 1:18 pm

Way to go Keith! Looking forwad to hearing about the next meet!

Joseph Davis 02.24.12 at 1:18 pm

Way to go Keith! Good luck!

Tim Starling 02.24.12 at 2:31 pm

GO KEITH!!!!! We are all so proud of you and will be wishing you good luck this weekend.

Dawn McMahon 02.24.12 at 2:52 pm

Well Done! Each day another step … enjoy every single part of it.

Beverly 02.24.12 at 4:57 pm

Great work Keith!! Keep it up!!! You’re an inspiration!

Keith Moffatt 02.27.12 at 10:24 am

Thank you everyone for your support. I did well at USA Indoor Nationals and placed 3rd. Now its time to get ready for outdoor season

Keith Moffatt 02.27.12 at 10:48 am

Here is a link to my 7’5″ jump in New Mexico

Click HighJump on the left, then go to page 2 and click Keith Moffatt 2.26m jump

Tina 02.27.12 at 11:16 am

Keith, this is so impressive and it’s exciting to watch – thanks for sending the link. You do this every day, but for the rest of us, this is a super-human feat. 7’5″!! Congratulations!

Jackie Roberts 02.28.12 at 10:18 am

Can I have your autograph?! Congratulations and wishing you continued success on your next jump!


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