Northwest senior Aaron Beidleman was on the floor stretching while his teammate and training partner, junior Shyheim Wright, was ready for his second attempt in the triple jump during Saturday’s Last Track to Philly meet at Georgetown Prep. Wright sprinted down the runway, took his three jumps and landed near the back of the pit. Beidleman’s eyes widened with surprise.
“I was like, ‘Wow, that was pretty far,’ ” Beidleman said. “Then I got up and saw the numbers.”
Wright jumped 45 feet 3
Wright had a loftier goal entering Saturday’s meet and that was to hit 45-11 so he could qualify for the Penn Relays, as the Last Track to Philly is designed to give area athletes one last chance to do so. Though he didn’t, Wright’s triple jump proved to himself that he can do even better the next time.
“I know it’s not my best, I know I can jump farther than that,” Wright said. “Every time I go out, I want to try my hardest and jump farther than what I did before.”
Beidleman placed third in the triple jump with a personal-best 43-7. However, the two Jaguars teammates arecompetitive with one another. Since Wright was the first to break 45, Beidleman knows he has to be the next of the two to make a major stride in the triple jump.
“I realize the bar has been raised,” Beidleman said. “The competition is getting more heated.”
DeMatha junior Brenton Nelson was sandwiched between the Northwest teammates with a second-place jump of 44-3
Nelson’s top mark came on his final jump, though he admitted having an off day since he began each jump behind the takeoff board.
“Coach told me to move up. I still missed the board,” Nelson said, shaking his head but with a smile. “I moved up again, still wasn’t on the board.”
Churchill swept the 3,200-meter relay with the boys’ and girls’ groups claiming wins. National Cathedral senior Jeryne Fish won the girls’ long jump (18-6
Georgetown Day junior Katherine Treanor won the 3,200-meter race in 11 minutes 44.61 seconds, even though she didn’t have much time to warm up for it. Earlier Saturday, Treanor took the SAT, so she didn’t arrive until 30 minutes before the race began. Treanor expected to run a time between 12:00 and 12:10 and surprised herself when she looked at what the timer showed on the Hanley Center’s indoor track scoreboard when she crossed the finish line.
“At about eight laps in or halfway through, I didn’t think the pace was pushing it enough,” Treanor said. “I just decided then to go.”