July 3, 2022

Hudsonville’s Alaina Diaz enjoys last hurrah immediately after personal injury derails title defense

Recent Hudsonville graduate Alaina Diaz appreciated a substantial college athletic vocation packed with championships and unforgettable times.

Diaz starred on Hudsonville’s basketball group that won the Division 1 condition championship her junior yr, and significantly less than two months afterwards, she captured the state title in the prolonged jump competitors.

There was the May perhaps 20 regional satisfy at Grand Haven that noticed Diaz anchor the Eagles’ 4-by-200 relay workforce, too. There was no championship ring on the line, and the Eagles finished fourth.

But it did confirm exclusive for Diaz.

Diaz skipped most of her senior period to injury prior to returning to contend in the a single event at regionals.

“Being back again out on the track for regionals designed me come to feel comprehensive of adrenaline, together with some nerves considering that I hadn’t run or qualified in about 4 weeks given that the extended leap injuries,” Diaz stated. “I scratched the extended soar and 200 so I could be there for my relay team and gave it my all. It felt terrific to finally be with my teammates who worked so tricky to get to this position.

“But it was also extremely discouraging knowing that when I started to run my leg just was not prepared however.”

The state championship satisfies in all 4 divisions will be held throughout West Michigan on Saturday. A calendar year back, Diaz went a point out-document 19 feet, 9.5 inches in the lengthy soar at the condition finals to seize the title.

But Diaz’s try at a repeat have been dashed about a single month into the year when she injured her ankle though competing in an April 20 twin fulfill versus West Ottawa. She did not return to motion till regionals.

“It was a freak incident,” Diaz stated. “I lined up to bounce like typical and sprinted down the runway and everything felt excellent at that point. Of program, the temperature was snow and rain, so as soon as I planted my still left foot on the board, the board gave a minor and my foot slipped, and I rolled my ankle very poor.

“Once I landed, I understood I harm it and the pain commenced going up my leg. I guess I jumped off the facet of my foot and nonetheless positioned and got points, which was a in addition I guess considering. I had by no means felt suffering like that and normally I can get the job done by it but this was distinct. Thank God it is setting up to come to feel much better. I have been in the health and fitness center operating out, which has assisted a whole lot far too.”

Not only did Diaz miss most of her senior period, but she missing all of her sophomore period, as well, because of to the Covid-19 pandemic. Diaz competed in the 200 operate the moment this year, the 400 twice and the lengthy soar three periods.

“Being that I lost my sophomore calendar year of track it was annoying not obtaining my whole senior calendar year,” she stated. “I broke 3 university documents my junior 12 months and my objective this calendar year was to break the 400 report and my times in the 200 and crack our school’s relay information. And of course, hold the title again for extensive leap and make positive to continue to be the record holder for the lengthy bounce in the point out of Michigan.

“Sometimes points do not go the way we program. It also gave me the opportunity to mentor some of my teammates and even some of the fellas in extended bounce. That was fulfilling to be in a position to aid them access their aims.”

Diaz has fully commited to Purdue University Fort Wayne, the place she will perform basketball and contend in monitor. She has a single additional substantial faculty recreation to play, much too. She has been picked to participate in the June 8 Ring of Fireplace All-Star Game against other West Michigan standouts at Davenport College.

“I am very enthusiastic and honored to be picked to participate in in the all-star activity,” she stated. “Playing in entrance of family and pals is generally special. But this time viewing as it is my past time in a large college uniform, it will necessarily mean just a minimal bit extra. It’s bittersweet.

“I am hoping that I left to some degree of a legacy for the more youthful technology, also. I don’t forget being that modest a single wanting up to the varsity children and I hope I was the same to them. My AAU teammates completed so substantially collectively for several years and I will often keep in mind my high faculty teammates. The basketball condition title is anything we can normally seem back again on and say we did that together.”