The blistering 82 degree heat couldn’t keep Hastings’ Ronnie Taylor from claiming the Men’s Long Jump crown.
After facing some difficulties in the finals Taylor was able to out jump his competitors by a measurement of 7.87 meters. Surprisingly Taylor was unhappy with his final measurement.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t reach my goal,” Taylor said.
Taylor also said the heat was not a factor in this competition, he claims that the heat helped him because it reminded him of the weather he faced when he jumped in Conference.
The field of 20 young hopefuls was soon narrowed to 10 finalists. To qualify for finals the jumpers needed to jump over 7.10 meters in their flight.
The top five finalists in the Men’s Long Jump are as follows:
1. Ronnie Taylor Hastings 7.87
2. Ethan Dejongh Fresno Pacific 7.66
3. Trebor Holmes Shorter 7.55
4. Emanuel Wiley Bacone 7.53
5. Darrian Mikell Indiana Wesleyan 7.32
Many finalists treated themselves to an ice bath after the completion of this event.