Congratulations to freshman Jaden Christian for not only qualifying for the IHSA State Track Meet in two events but also for setting two new school records this season. Jaden broke the school record in the triple jump with a jump of 36’9″ on Friday, April 21st at Seneca. She also won the long jump at that same meet with 17’9.75″, missing the school record by 1/4 inch. That record would soon fall to Jaden as well. A few weeks later on May 12th Jaden got 2nd place in Long Jump at the IHSA Sectionals with a new school record of 18’1″(breaking the old record of 17’10”). She also won the Triple Jump with 36’8″ and will head to EIU to compete at State on May 19th and 20th. The Chatter sat down with Jaden to talk about breaking those school records and what she hopes to accomplish at State.
How long have you been doing long jump and triple jump in track?
I’ve been doing long jump ever since I was a sixth grader in middle school with Mr. Johnston and I just started triple jump this year.
Did you find it difficult to learn how to triple jump since it is not an event in middle school track?
Not really, I think it came natural.
Did you qualify for the State Track Meet in middle school?
Yes, I went all three years.
Which one do you like better: long jump or triple jump?
That is a tough question, I think I like doing long jump more.
Tell me about your jumps at the IHSA Sectional Meet at Mendota.
My first jump was 18’ and I was so happy because I have always been aiming for the school record since I started long jumping. When I jumped 18’ I was so proud but then when I jumped 18’1” (for the second of three jumps) I was wondering how much further I could go.
What other events do you compete in?
I also do the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, sometimes the 400 meter dash, 4×100 and 4×400 relay.
What is your goal for State?
For long jump I want to try to get 18’5” or 18’7” and for triple jump I want 37’.
The Class 2A Long Jump and Triple Jump field events will begin Friday morning with the finals scheduled for Saturday morning.