Lake Ridge senior Jasmine Moore has been winning gold medals the past four years, but during her final event of her illustrious high school career, the University of Georgia bound jumper set the UIL state record and broke the national high school record in the triple jump during the 6A state meet on Saturday in Austin.
She won the 6A title with a mark of 44-feet 10-inches, breaking Luling’s Ychlindria Spears (2001) by nearly eight inches. It was her fourth straight gold in the triple jump.
“I was nervous going into state just because it was my last high school track meet and I wanted to do my best,” Moore said. “The crowd and energy in Austin this year was amazing and I had so much support.”
Moore would’ve broken Spears’ record as well as the overall record (44-11.75) last year with her jump of 45-4.75, but due to strong winds, it didn’t go down as a record. She owns the 6A and 5A records as Lake Ridge moved up a class this season.
She also won her fourth straight title in the long jump on Saturday (20-feet 7-inches).
“I was so happy especially after long jump. I was relieved, like finally I did it,” Moore said. “I wanted to have a 4-peat in both events and that I accomplished. I was just trying to make sure I was having fun with it.”
Moore finishes her UIL state career with 10 gold medals, three silver and one bronze.
“I’m proud of the career I had in high school, but I’m not satisfied. I want the high school triple jump national record and I still have the summer left to get it,” she said. “I feel like I picked an amazing school to help me reach my goals. As long as I continue to work hard and trust in God I feel like I’ll reach all my goals.”
Moore wasn’t the only Georgia bound track star to dazzle on Saturday.
Future teammate Matt Boling (Houston Strake Jesuit) won gold in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 4 x 400 relay.
Boling set the UIL state and national record with a 10.13 in the 100. He erased a 25-meter deficit during the final leg to give Strake Jesuit the win in the 4 x 400.