Girls Long Jump -
Arantxa King, the super triple jump/long jump standout from Medford, MA, and defending champion in both events, was conspicuously absent from Friday’s TJ. At the time, her whereabouts were unknown, but she came for the long jump Saturday, explaining that she was nursing a tender hamstring.
She leapt 19-09.50 to take the long jump here in 2005, but going into the sixth round, she trailed the previous night’s TJ champ, Nyeisha Wright, 19-06.25 to 19-10.50. Finally, King put it all together and bounded 20-01.75, shifting the pressure to Wright. The Widefield CO sr was indeed up next and could manage just 19-07.50, giving King her second title.
King was oddly subdued about the whole thing. There was no celebration after the winning leap, or when she realized she’d repeated.
“I was looking to go in the high 20s,” she shrugged. Ok, well, so what was the deal with the hamstring? “We decided it was best to put the effort into one event. It wasn’t really that bad today … just a little tight.”
And King is just a junior; she has a chance to be a rare NON three-peater. Despite getting beat at the end, Wright had an impressive double. The other 20-footers in the competition, Ft. Lauderdale FL sr Deandra Doyley and Methacton PA soph Ryann Krais, went 18-10.50 and 18-08.50, respectively.
NON's all-time role model is Tianna Madison, who set the meet record of 20-7 ¼ for Elyria, Ohio High in 2003. Little more than two years later, she was the IAAF World Champion in Helsinki.
Someday, Arantxa King of Medford, Mass. hopes to be competing at this exalted level. After all, she'd already snared golds in the long and triple jumps - as a sophomore, at NON 2005.
But she skipped the TJ Friday to rest her aching hamstrings and focus on the LJ, a move that paid off in a highly competitive event.
Only one other athlete went past 19 feet - Shakie Forbes of Bethel/Hampton, Va. at 19-4 ¾. "It was harder this year than last year; there was a lot more pressure on me this time," said King.
Licensed to C.F.P.I. Timing & Data Hy-Tek's Meet Manager Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/15/2006 to 6/17/2006 North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC Results Girls Long Jump =============================================================================== National: $ 22-03 6/21/1976 Kathy McMillan, Hoke Cty,Raeford, NC Meet: # 20-07.25 6/14/2003 Tianna Madison, Elyria, OH Freshman: 20-07.25 1979 Tomi Rucker, Paul JHS, Washington DC Sophomore: 21-01.50 2000 Ychlindria Spears, Luling, TX Junior: 21-07.75 1980 Carol Lewis, Willingboro, NJ Senior: 22-03 6/21/1976 Kathy McMillan, Hoke Cty, Raeford, NC Name Year School Finals Wind =============================================================================== Flight 1 1 April Sinkler 07 Brooke Point Hs-,St 5.71m 3.0 18-09.00 2 Taryn Wentz 07 Forest Hills HS,Mar 5.64m 2.4 18-06.00 3 Nyosha Bryant 09 Harding Universi,Ch 5.53m 2.3 18-01.75 4 Ashley Hendrix 08 Uniondale,Long Beac 5.34m 2.4 17-06.25 5 Jacia Montgomery 07 Blazin' Raiders,Gre 5.30m 1.8 17-04.75 6 Racquel Anderson 06 Hempstead HS,Hempst 5.11m 2.7 16-09.25 -- Erica Peake 09 Spartanburg HS,Spar FOUL NWI Flight 2 1 Brittany Howard 06 Michigan Acceler,Wa 5.61m 1.3 18-05.00 2 Olga Ponomarenko 07 Concord Carlisle,Co 5.51m 1.7 18-01.00 3 Simone May 06 Guntersville HS,Gun 5.48m 2.1 17-11.75 4 Niesha Kelly 06 St. Peter Chanel,Oa 5.44m 2.1 17-10.25 5 Josefine Kvist 08 Ridge HS,Basking Ri 5.35m 1.6 17-06.75 5 Ranae Nelson 09 Harding Universi,Ch 5.35m 2.0 17-06.75 7 Halloran Cope 06 Maple Leaf TC,Mento 5.27m 0.4 17-03.50 8 Consandria Walker 06 Hackensack HS,Hacke 5.20m 0.7 17-00.75 -- Brittany Martin 06 Central FL Sprin,Sa FOUL NWI Flight 3 1 Arantxa King 07 Medford HS,Medford, 6.14m 2.0 20-01.75 2 Nyeisha Wright 06 Joe Gentry Track,Co 6.06m 2.9 19-10.75 3 Shakie Forbes 07 Bethel HS,Hampton, 5.91m 3.5 19-04.75 4 Deandra Doyley 06 Platinum TC,Fort La 5.75m 3.9 18-10.50 5 Lynne Layne 06 New Rochelle-Grl,Ne 5.71m 3.1 18-09.00 6 Ryann Krais 08 Methacton TC,Eaglev 5.70m 2.3 18-08.50 7 Tiffani Long 06 Unat-MD-Columbia,Co 5.40m 2.2 17-08.75 8 Ashley Carbray 06 Bloomfield HS,Bloom 4.79m 2.4 15-08.75