Freshmen Jumpers Looking to Make Their Mark

It is early in the season and it is early in their track careers but a handful of freshmen are already showing signs of promise on this year’s track team.

A trio of freshmen jumpers (L to R above) – Megan Rubin, Ashley Hagan and Rian Huffman – debuted this passed weekend and had some impressive jumps.

“Track has been an amazing experience and season so far. The team has such a great bond and it’s so fun to see a small town and school compete and find so much success. This year, as triple jump is new to me, I hope to continue to improve and break 30ft.” — Megan Rubin

In the long jump this past weekend at the BearCat Relays Ashley Hagan jumped a 13-06.00 good enough for an 11 place, second best of all freshmen competing in the varsity meet.  Rian Huffman had a jump of 13-02.00 taking 16th and third best of any freshman jumping.  According to Athletic.net, who keep records back to at least 2006, these jumps were the 6th and 8th best freshman long jumps in the THS record books.

“Track has been a very enjoyable season even though it is just began! I appreciate how competitive our team is, and I can wait for the season ahead! Being a freshmen, high school is much more competitive and has pushed me to be better and improve in my events such as long jump which I have previously competed in, and I hope to exceed 15 feet in the long jump this year!” — Ashley Hagan

In the triple jump Huffman had a 29-09.00 good enough for 10th place overall and just 2 inches behind the only other freshman to beat her.  Megan Rubin jumped a 29-03.00 for 12th place overall and 3rd amongst all freshmen in the THS record books.  And according to Athletic.net these two jumps rank Huffman and Rubin 2nd and 3rd amongst all THS freshmen for triple jump distances.

“I am excited to see what is to come in this season of track! the team is so nice and inviting of us freshman. by the end of the year i hope to exceed 30ft in triple jump and 14ft in long jump. Can’t wait to see what the season has in store!!” — Rian Huffman

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Other freshmen had strong performances as well on Saturday.  Harper Clark had a distance of 73’3 in the discus and a 24’3 in the shot put, putting her in the top ten of freshman distances in the THS freshman record books.  Senior Hope Erwin brought home a 6th place overall with a distance of 32-08 in the shot put and a 6th place in the discus with a distance of 101-09.

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Freshman Ella Pontius ran the 4×100 with veterans Avery Jones, Emily Bundy and Merran Grindley and 4×200 with Bundy, Grindley and Vivian Hawkins for two strong 4th place performances.  Both of these were top finishes in these distance for the Eagles this past Saturday.

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All of our Track and Field athletes are getting busy week this week, weather permitting, with the Nipomo FAT Varsity meet Wednesday and JV Track Meet Thursday as well as the Atascadero Memorial Meet this Saturday.

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