Jenkins jumps into record book at state


For the Mirror

There’s the opponent at hand, and then there’s history. Jefferson junior Kyle Jenkins conquered both Saturday at Star Track, the state track and field meet in Pasco.

Jenkins not only jumped farther than all the triple jump competitors at this year’s meet, he jumped farther than every athlete who has entered the event in state meet history.

Jenkins set a state meet record in the triple jump by clearing 49 feet, 8 1/2 inches, beating by almost five inches the previous mark set in 1989 by Central Kitsap’s William Dozier.

“I just looked up and saw I was way past the 46 (foot) mark,” Jenkins said.

“I was like, ‘Did I do that?‚’”

The distance was new territory for Jenkins, who improved on his previous personal-best jump of 46-10 by almost three feet.

“I’ve never jumped that far. Ever. Not even close,” he said.

Jenkins didn’t have an explanation for why everything seemed to come together at the right time for him.

“I just go out there and jump and anything can happen,” he said.

With the giant leap, Jenkins became the first state champion in track and field in Jefferson school history.

“All season he hadn’t even touched the (takeoff) board,” said Brett Drewery, Jenkins’ high school jump coach. “We knew he hadn’t done his best. It was a matter of getting him here, getting him focused and getting him on the (takeoff) board.”

The jump also was a new school record, breaking the previous mark set in 1987.

Jenkins also placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 21-10.

“I coach a guy who is very athletic,” Drewery said. “He’s not only an amazing athlete, but a good kid. Every once in a while you get one that has it.”

Jenkins took third in the triple jump at last year’s state meet and was continually ranked among the top three triple jumpers in the state this season. But he said he didn’t set a state championship as his primary focus.

“My goal was to get 47 or 48 (feet), and I knew if I could do that, it would be good enough to win state,” Jenkins said.

With three more jumps at his disposal, Jenkins took one shot at the all-time state record of 50-3/4 set in 1977 by Wilson’s Aaron Williams, but came up short. He then skipped his final two jumps, content and growing accustomed to the title state champion.

“I tried with that last jump,” Jenkins said. “But I knew I couldn’t go any farther.

“I still have next year.”

Other local state placers:

Federal Way junior Erin Fitzpatrick placed third in the girls 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.16 seconds. Sarah Jackson of Hudson’s Bay won the event with a time of 15.09.

Decatur junior Danitra Powell placed fourth in the girls 100-meter dash with a time of 12.47 seconds. Kent-Meridian’s La Shawnda Porter won the 100 with a time of 12.25. Powell placed sixth in the 200 with a time of 25.60. Porter also won that event with a time of 24.99.

Federal Way sophomore Aimee Hafen placed fifth in the girls pole vault by clearing 10-6. Kentlake’s Stevie Marshalek won the event by vaulting 12-6.

Federal Way senior Anthony Dotson finished seventh in the boys 100 with a time of 11.32 seconds. Pasco sophomore Leon Jackson won the event for the second consecutive year, finishing in 10.74.

The Federal Way boys placed fifth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:24.71.

Inglemoor won the event with a time of 3:18.52.

Jefferson senior Jared Bronson placed fifth in the boys shot put with a throw of 54-4 1/2. Central Valley’s Craig Kent won with a throw of 62-4 3/4.

Decatur senior Joe Isaac placed sixth in the boys discus with a throw of 157-4.

CV’s Kent won the event with a throw of 185-9.

Inglemoor won the boys team state title with 57 points. Jefferson tied for 10th place with 17 points. Federal Way tied for 28th with 6 points. Decatur tied for 47th with 3 points. Sixty-two boys teams were represented.

Curtis won the girls team state title with 52 points. Federal Way tied for 20th with 10 points. Decatur tied for 30th with 9 points.

Jefferson did not send any girl representatives to state. Sixty-three girls teams were represented.

Other local state competitors:

The Decatur girls finished sixth in their heat of the 4x100 relay with a time of 50.00. Jefferson junior Cory McGinnis finished eighth in his preliminary heat for the boys 100. His time was 11.76. McGinnis was seventh in his prelim heat for the 200. His time was 23.25.

Decatur senior Chris Williams finished 13th in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:27.61. Auburn-Riverside senior Carl Moe won the event with a state-meet record time of 4:05.09.

Jefferson junior Kyle Anderson finished 16th in the 3200 with a time of 9:59.88.

Federal Way senior Eric Siverly finished 15th in the javelin with a throw of 153-2.

Decatur junior Nick Isaac finished 13th in the long jump with a distance of 20-7.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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