Collegiate field event athletes struggle to train during curfew

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Twin brothers Diamante, left and Djimon Gumbs

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Unlike their track counterparts who have a bounty of offerings to choose from for their offseason conditioning, Collegiate field event athletes don’t have such luxuries, especially during the current 1 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew. Twin brothers Djimon and Diamante Gumbs of New Mexico Jr. College and Akira Phillip of Northwestern State, find themselves in the same boat. 

Djimon expressed his frustrations on social media last week after the new curfew was announced. 

“When they announced they were closing the track and the gym, I was really upset and frustrated,” Djimon told Island Sun Sports on Monday. “It’s not in our control and the cases were increasing here, so I was frustrated. I was like, no man, this can’t be and decided to post it on Facebook. What about me my brother and Akira Phillip, those of us who are here and need to train, stay fit and really use the gym?

For throwers, Djimon said weight training is mandatory. Missing a day is the equivalent to several days work in terms of progression. 

“I don’t know who I can reach out to because the curfew is now 1 p.m. to 5 a.m. We just want to train and go home, that’s all we ask for. It has just been frustrating and upsetting so far.”

Djimon said these past couple weeks have definitely been hard. He said they’re athletes who have a future in sports and they really want to get out there, train and prepare for the upcoming season, but they haven’t been able to do so. 

“Hopefully, somebody can hear me out. We really need to use the gym—the gym is important,” he pointed out. “The school’s training started on Tuesday and that’s when we were aiming to start, so we could actually be in synch with the team and have the workout sent to us, to do whatever we had to do. I’m just pleading and begging for somebody who could help and we can have the gym open for certain people like us, so we’re just hoping for the best.”

Diamante also agrees that it’s hard. He said he hopes something can be worked out so that they can prepare for the next season.“Before the curfew, we were able to lift, do hurdle drills and do the things to keep us active until we got our workouts,” he told Island Sun Sports. “We did additional things like moving heavy items—just anything we could do to keep active—including plyometric drills, sit ups and pushups. It has been a challenge to do things which is why I was hoping that the facility could be opened. Now we have to try and find things to do to make the best of what we have.”  

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