Few people will argue that Mansfield Lake Ridge junior Jasmine Moore is the best girls distance jumper in the nation.
Her biggest opponent, however, appears to be Mother Nature.
She further solidified her status by winning two more gold medals Friday at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Meet. Along with repeating as the 5A state champion in the long jump, leaping 20 feet, 8 inches, she also successfully defended her triple jump title, jumping farther than anyone in the history of event, 45-4.75.
According to she and her coach, Lauren Jones, however, it was not a national record. Jones said the wind, which was blowing at 3.8 miles per hour behind Moore, was above the national standard for it to be a record leap. It was, though, below the state standard, so Moore broke her own state record of 43-4.75 set last year.
“I’m happy knowing I jumped 45 feet,” Moore said. “I always jump well in Austin.”
Indeed she does. Her previous best triple jump of 44-1 came earlier this season at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, also held at the Mike A. Myers Track Complex at the University of Texas at Austin.
“I surprised myself. I’ve said I want to jump 45 feet, but to actually do it is incredible,” Moore said.
Meanwhile, the Lake Ridge girls won the 5A team championship.
Moore wasn’t the only area athlete to successfully defend a state title Friday. In fact, her teammate, senior Faith Ette, won a second straight championship in the girls shot put with a throw of 49-4.
And while she was thrilled with her repeat gold medal performance, Ette said it was something else that made this season so special.
“This is my most successful season, and what makes it most successful is I also went to state in the discus and I got fourth,” a gleeful Ette said. “If you had told me before the season that I’d go to state in the discus, I’d have said you were crazy.”
Moore said of her two repeat champions, “You can expect a title in both events from Jasmine. She’s setting standards for others to follow. And while we knew Faith would have a good chance to win again in the shot put, what she did in the discus was big for us. Faith didn’t really embrace the discus until this year.”
In addition to her two jumping medals, Moore teamed with Nyana Wright, Ariel Ford and Kelly Rowe to win the girls 4x200 relay with a time of 1:37.11. Moore, Wright and Ford teamed with Asia Giles to take second in the 4x100 relay.
Moore was joined by several others from the Fort Worth area in winning multiple championships Friday. Aledo’s Graydon Morris won both the 5A boys 3200 (9:14.95) and the 1600 (4:15.40), while Kenondra Davis and Keishawn Everly of Trimble Tech won the girls and boys 5A 100 and 200 with time of 11.43 and 10.23, respectively.
Morris pulled away in the final 200 meters for the 1600 victory, edging El Paso Hanks’ Michael Abeyta by .55 seconds.
“He ran virtually a perfect race,” Aledo coach Mike Pinkerton said. “The kid from Hanks showed his hand at regionals and he tried to work that move in the third lap and Graydon hung with him. He used that as a slingshot and in the last 200 he pulled away.
“You couldn’t have asked for a better, smarter race.”
Aledo had two state champions. Along with Morris, Zach Davis won the pole vault with a 16-3 effort. Also in the pole vault, Ryan Brown of Aledo placed third at 16-0.
Mansfield Legacy won the 5A boys 4x100 relay (Jais Smith, Ife Adeyi, Michael Chin, DeMauryon), clocking a 40.17, and the same quartet took the 4x200 gold medal with a 1:24.11 time.
Robert Teer of Arlington Seguin, top-ranked in the nation, ran a career-best 13.48 to win the boys 5A 110 hurdles. His teammate, Nolan Daggs, won gold in the discus with a throw of 176-1.
Also, Mason Farley of Joshua cleared 6-9 to win the 5A boys high jump.
The Fort Worth area had a 1-2-3 finish in two events. Behind Everly in the 5A boys 100 were Legacy’s Smith and Lake Ridge’s Jason Bean. Behind Davis in the 5A girls 100 were Lake Ridge’s Rowe and Ford.
Savoria Anderson of Burleson Centennial made it a 1-2 finish in the 5A girls triple jump, finishing second to Moore.