Hey guys, I'm currently a freshman and my personal best on the triple jump is 39 ft 5 inches I'm hoping to break 41 this year. I have no idea if I'm good or not so I thought if anyone would know it would be you guys. I'm hoping you guys could give me insight into if I have a chance to be good and just tips to be better and improve.
You know exactly how good/bad you are because you can look up everyone else's jumps. That's the wonderful thing about track and field.
Look at your state's 2019 championship jumps. Look up your conference's 2019 championship jumps. Those are the marks needed for you to be "good". How "good" you want to get is up to you.
You're a freshman, so advice would be:
1: do what your coach says
2: work hard
3: understand that your body is going to change rapidly and that will help you.
4: have a specific goal you want to hit (ex. 41'0"). Not "best kid on my team" or junk like that.
And don't use your real name on the internet and say "I'm a high school freshman". You have no idea who is out there.
I was a triple jumper in college and specialize in the event as a coach. To answer your questions, 39 feet as a freshman doesn’t really say whether you can be good or not. Here are a couple of examples: In 2019 I coached a young man who jumped 39 as a sophomore then 40 as a junior, and after losing his senior year to CoVid19, has jumped 38 so far in college. In 2014, however, I coached a young man who jumped 39 as a freshman but improved to 47-1 as a sophomore and 47-10 as a junior. I got him out to 50-7 as a senior and he jumped 50 feet all through college.
Working hard and listening to your high school coach is sound enough advice as long as your coach knows how to develop triple jumpers. The fact that you are asking for tips from strangers suggests your coach may not. Finding a summer program with a knowledgeable triple jump coach would be your best bet. If you want/have to teach yourself for a while, the best place to begin is with Coach Schexsnayder’s Pluto multijumps series (go to YouTube) and progress to the Verkoshansky bounding series (his daughter maintains a website on the Web).