Friday's meet was another great showing for the Sun Prairie jumpers.
The numbers may not be what you'd expect, but the jumps coaching staff and I were exceptionally excited/proud of what they did!
In girls long jump we went 1-2-5. All girls that competed are new to the event this year (not including middle school track and field), and are showing an incredible strength and resilience!
15'10" generally won't win an invitational like it did at this specific meet, but what was most impressive was that both Morgan and Naomi jumped these marks after they'd competed in other events and were somewhat "spent". BIG things are coming for these ladies, and I couldn't be more filled with anticipation than I am!
Emily is one of our team's best pole vaulters, and could be an exceptional long jumper in the next couple of years. She has only jumped in a few meets this year, but every time I see her compete I get pretty excited. Once she fully understands how to takeoff and perform a proper flight phase she'll gain quite a bit of distance!
In boys long jump we only had two competitors. Both have been hurt for most of the season so they've missed a large number of "reps". Their entries into the event on Friday night was simply to get their "jumping legs" back under them to prepare for the upcoming postseason. They weren't happy with their marks, but I was!
When an athlete returns from an injury don't expect personal bests. Don't expect some magical turnaround that results in jumping as though they never stopped. It takes time.
Dom took 4th and nearly jumped 20' while Jamel jumped nearly 18 and took 18th. Both are underclassmen and have an extremely bright future if they stay healthy!
In the girls triple jump we jumped very well!
All girls, once again, are underclassmen and have shown a great deal of growth in the event this year. Each of them have not yet reached their personal all-time bests, but each is showing a better knowledge of the event and are making some really nice gains. I'd bet that each of them set a new all-time best by season's end.
Landry (6th) is just getting back into the swing of things after a long absence due to a vacation over spring break. Once she learns how to set herself up better for and perform the step phase she is going to add roughly 3' to her jumps.
Aeryial is getting better at keeping speed through her jumps, but needs to learn how to land on her foot properly at the end of the hop phase. She is currently landing on her toes with doesn't set her up to perform her best possible step phase.
Sobia has missed some time due to personal reasons, but is a pure triple jumper that I feel could do some serious damage in the event. It will take time, so I am incredibly thankful that she is only a junior!