Meet # 2 - Ripon Showcase @ Ripon University
Today was another amazing meet! The kids did SO WELL, and I couldn't be prouder! In the girls long jump Ashley O'Connell (picture to the left) jumped a 17'8" (taking first place) and missed our school record by only 1/4 inch. It would have been crazy to go 2/2 on meets and school records, but I'll take it (LOL). She put in an amazing offseason and the results are already showing. I am hoping that the other jumpers on the team will take notice and stop coming into the season thinking God-given talent will be enough because unfortunately it won't be...off-seasons like Ashley's are what makes champions! I look for her to eclipse the 18' mark this season and couldn't be more excited about her jumps today!
Another great performance came from a jumper who is new to Sun Prairie named Tyler Precia. He has jumped triple before, but never to the lengths we went today! He PR'd by a HUGE 2 feet today by jumping 43'6" and taking 3rd in the competition. On top of that, he is also now sitting 3rd ALL-TIME in school history!!! We had heard of him before he transferred to Sun Prairie, but had no idea how big of an impact he was going to make! I am honestly honored to work with him, and look to accomplish some great things with him this season!
I'm nowhere near done in regards to today's accomplishments!!!
Kadon Kauppinen had another SOLID day with a final mark of 22'7.25". This is the second week in a row that he jumped farther than our previous school record and is doing some amazing things at the long jump pit. What's crazy is the fact that he hasn't even touched the triple jump lane just yet. We are working on a few things to help his first and second phases and look to replicate our success at the long jump pit at triple! Kadon is putting together one of the most dominant jumps seasons in school history and it's only March...CRAZY!
Next up is Dom Landphier. Today was his first time ever jumping the long jump, and had a really successful day! He jumped a 20'6" jump to make finals and ended up taking 6th place with that preliminary round jump. I was hoping that he would jump an 18' today...he FAR exceeded my expectations and put himself in a great spot to be a varsity jumper moving forward.