Roosevelt junior breaks city record in the triple jump
All Roosevelt junior Rashod Owens knew is that he broke his school’s record in the boys triple jump.
What he didn’t realize was that the previous record holder — Michael Starks — also held the city mark. Owens surpassed that Wednesday afternoon with leap of 49 feet, 10¾ inches to win the event at the District 27/28-6A area meet at Rutledge Stadium.
“I look at (our record) boards, and there’s a lot of crazy times and crazy jumps,” said John Garcia, who is in his seventh season at Roosevelt and his first as boys head coach. “Since I’ve been here, I didn’t know if there was one we would ever get. This year, I thought we could go after it and get it. He has a few more big jumps left in him.”
Owens set the new mark on his third attempt and won by nearly three feet.
Starks set the previous record (49-7½) in 1992.
“You are in disbelief until you see the tape,” Garcia said. “When you see the tape, it was all the work that he’s been putting in and keeps at it.”
As of Wednesday, the mark is the best in the state this year and third-best in the country.
Owens also claimed the long jump title with a 21-11 leap.
He has been on a tear in the triple jump since going 48-3 at the Wagner T-Bird Relays on March 21. He improved to 48-7 at the North East Invitational on March 29.
“All I’ve been having on my mind is to reach 50, and I was close to that,” Owens said. “I hope maybe I can get that.”
Owens also hopes this is the first step to advancing to state after coming up short the previous two years.
“I’m just trying to reach my goal, which is to be top in state and get to state because I’ve been real close every year,” Owens said. “My level of confidence is pretty high, but I feel I can do more than what I just did.”
pulls double duty
Marshall senior Rebecca Henderson has competed in the long jump and high jump at the same meet before. But she never had competed in them at the same time until Wednesday.
Henderson managed to juggle both events, which were scheduled for the same time, winning the girls 26/27-6A high jump (5-3) and talking third in the long jump with a personal best 17-1¼. She finished behind Reagan’s Selina Noe (17-2¾) and Taylen Wise (17-2).
“It was pretty hard, but you have to focus on what you are doing and not think about all the outside factors,” Henderson said. “On high jump, I focused on my breathing and made sure I kicked up and everything. On long jump, I would just breathe in and just try to run my fastest.”
Henderson qualified for the Region IV-6A meet in both events. The top four finishers in each event advance.
“It means a lot because I definitely didn’t feel confident doing (the long jump) today, so it feels amazing,” Henderson said.
LEE senior Henry Livingstone shouted with joy after he cleared a personal best 15-1 to win the boys 26/27-6A pole vault. It was the first time he went over 15 feet since finishing sixth at last year’s regional meet.
“It was pretty darn annoying,” Livingstone said. “I’ve been trying all year, and I’ve fallen short. I’ve been doing it in practice, but it was about bringing it together in a meet to get it done.”
That finally happened Wednesday. Livingstone entered the meet with a season-best 14-6.
Livingstone cleared 15-1 on his second attempt. He tried for 15-6, but missed on all three tries. He outlasted O’Connor’s William Anderson, who finished second at 14-6.
“Having that mental barrier of that 15-foot clearance out of the way is going to open up the opportunity for me to clear higher heights.”