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LetsRun.com's 2009 USATF Coverage: A Preview of Men's & Women's Jumps
June 24, 2009 - At LRC, we are primarily a distance based site but that doesn't mean we don't love the jumps. We don't cover them because we know very little about them. But thankfully, we found someone who does and this accomplished collegiate class jumper wrote a preview of the meet for us. We're not sure if he wants us to use his name so for now it will go without attribution.
Another top competitor will be 2008 Olympian Brian Johnson who has jumped 8.28 (27 1.75) this year. 2008 Olympian as well as Osaka qualifier Trevell Quinley has posted some solid marks this season and with his experience can be expected to do well.
America has a wealth of 26 foot jumpers including Miguel Pate, Bashir Ramzy, Matt Turner, Christian Taylor, Jeremy Hicks and JaRod Tobler. Also, Reindell Cole had a slightly windy 26’11” jump recently at the NCAA Championships making him a main contender for Berlin, despite fouling out in the finals.
2005 World Champion Tianna Madison has not jumped particularly well this year (6.48 21’3”). But her 100m is significantly faster (0.36 seconds) than when she jumped 6.89 (22’7.25). She may end up surprising some people. Other 22 foot jumpers that maybe able to punch their tickets to Berlin include Akiba McKinney, Brianna Glenn and Jeomi Maduka.
No one this season has even hit the A standard at 14.20 (46’7”) this season. The only competitor to have surpassed this mark with a legal wind is Olympian and last years winner Shani Marks. Erica Mclain has had a couple windy marks over the standard. Last year she looked like a possible savior of women’s TJ but has failed to take it to the next level. Other notable jumpers over 45 feet include Shakeema Welsch, Yvette Lewis and Crystal Manning.
Our top triple jumpers have disappeared from the scene this year. Last years winner, Aarik Wilson, hasn’t been jumping at all this season due to possible injury. Third place finisher, Rafeeq Curry is totally MIA with no explanation and former World Champion and Olympian Walter Davis is entered but has only posted a mark of 16.24 (53’3.25”).
Don’t fret though. We still have 2-time Olympian Kenta Bell. He came out the woodwork a few weeks ago and jumped over 55 feet. He has jumped nearly 58 feet and has a wealth of experience. Expect that he posts a good mark. On paper, the only other guy that looks like he can hit the standard for Berlin is Florida’s Christian Taylor. He had a shaky outdoor season after winning the NCAA Indoor Championship. But at NCAAs Outdoors he showed he still had multiple jumps over 55 feet. However, he might decide to compete in the junior competition only like Claye.