Froeynes often cedes points to the field in the 100-meter hurdles and 200 meters, while she's in the middle of the pack when it comes to shot put.
Much like a golfer knowing there are birdie holes to capitalize on and others where par is a great score, Froeynes is well aware the majority of her points come from her strongest four events; she simply aims for her personal record and avoids significant setbacks in the other three.
"I'm not trying to think too much about every event at the same time," Froeynes said. "When I go to the first event, I'm a hurdler. When I finish, I'm a high jumper. I'm just seven different athletes for seven amounts of time. That really helps me focus on each event.
"If it goes well, it goes well. If it doesn't, you have to move on."
Froeynes' first season with the Gators was a tremendous success. The Tonsberg, Norway native set personal bests in every event, including more than a half-second improvement in the hurdles and 28-centimeter PRs in the javelin and long jump. She also became the third freshman heptathlete in the last five years to score at NCAA Outdoors. Froeynes beat one of them this year, and the other--Georgia's Kendell Williams--won three national titles and was a 2016 Olympian.
"I'm extremely excited, because there's a long way to go there," said head coach Mike Holloway, noting Froeynes nearly broke Brittany Harrell's UF record in June. "Our school record is going to be in a very special place when she's done."
Through Froeynes' own words, along with those from Florida's coaching staff--all of whom contribute to her training and competition strategy--this story takes you inside the experience of completing an NCAA Outdoors heptathlon, minus all the pain and soreness.
24-48 Hours Before First Event
AF: I usually start preparing a couple weeks ahead, imagining what's going to happen, focusing on practice and doing the right things--like eating right, sleeping well. After SEC Outdoors, I had four weeks (before NCAAs). I was determined to do all the right things.
The night before, I'm trying to relax as much as possible, trying not to talk a lot, resting my body. I try not to think too much. That's not good for me.
I'm on my phone, for sure. But I actually tried to take some time before nationals to disconnect from social media. I turned off my notifications to focus more on what I had to do. That really helped.
Event No. 1: 100-meter Hurdles (Personal Record - 14.26 seconds)
AF: My form was not really good when I got here. I was afraid of running through the hurdle. I realized there's nothing wrong with falling, you just get up and keep going. I just had to run through the hurdles.