Today, at the 2016 USATF Indoor Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I had the honor of competing with some really super ladies in high jump. The support and camaraderie is just amazing in masters track, and made the meet a wonderful experience today. I had a GREAT meet!! I won gold for my age division, (whooo-hoo!), jumped an indoor personal best, and placed third overall in the meet for ages 30-59, jumping higher than women younger than me. I also got to "hang" with a former and current Olympian high jumper, which is just SO cool. Having not competed since September 2015, I was VERY nervous, but it all came together today and the bounce was BACK!! Let's go 2016!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.