If Jacquelyn Shields had her way, she probably would like to use some kind of time machine take her back to last Saturday afternoon.
However, such a machine has yet to be invented and most likely never will be created.
Unless, of course, it has something to do with Hollywood and the motion-picture world.
Since her life isn’t a fantasy that could only be seen on the big screen, the Cuyahoga Falls senior has to live with her showing at the Division I state track and field meet, which concluded last Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Shields didn’t mince words when it came to her underwhelming performance. Nonetheless, it was an experience of a lifetime she won’t soon forget.
"Not performing to the best of my ability did suck, but it was reassuring knowing that I made it there," Shields said. "I made it to the state meet and achieved my goal."
Now, as for that performance goes, yes, it was not the kind of effort that has defined the talented Lady Black Tiger athlete throughout the season.
The versatile senior, who also ran in some sprint relays during the season, finished 14th out of 14 athletes in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 3 3/4 inches.
This same young lady jumped as high as 17-7 to reach Columbus at the previous week’s regional competition in Austintown.
"My nerves got to me on Saturday and everything just felt off," Shields said. "I felt like I needed a couple more jumps to really succeed. I probably had the opportunity to move onto finals on my last jump because it felt like a good one. But I fouled, so they did not mark it."
That final jump, which Lady Black Tigers head coach Dan Scourfield said was a foul by "about two inches," may have given her a chance to earn a spot on the podium.
Unfortunately, it was not to be.
"I would have loved to have had a measurement on her third jump," Scourfield said. "It was a really good jump. She knew she fouled and I knew she fouled."
Despite her struggles in Columbus, Shields will go down in school history as one of the greatest female track and field performers in recent memory.
Shields is just the third member of the Falls girls track and field team to qualify for the state meet during Scourfield’s 12-year tenure.
Pole vaulter Nicole Rozsa, a three-time state qualifier, was the last Lady Black Tiger to perform in Columbus in 2014. Also advancing was pole vaulter Nicole Waibel, a two-time state qualifier.
"Jackie is the best long jumper we’ve ever had," Scourfield said. "She played volleyball for four years and she played two years of basketball. She’s very sociable."
Shields is scheduled to jump for Team Ohio at the Mid-West Meet of Champions this Saturday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
"I am super excited for it," Shields said. "This gives me a chance to redeem myself and end my high school career on a good note. I love this sport and this event and every up and down that has come with it."
Shields plans to enroll at The Ohio State University in Columbus during the fall. She hasn’t ruled out jumping with the Buckeyes.
One way or another, Shields will certainly look back on her final days at Falls with much affection.
"It is a very self-rewarding feeling knowing that I really pushed myself to be the best I could be and to make it to the state meet," she said. "This means I did everything in my power to be successful and it really paid off. I couldn’t be more proud of myself."
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