SALEM, Ore.– Known for her quickness, it’s kind of hard to imagine KJ Nyquist doing a jumping event when it comes to Track and Field. I mean, the last time Nyquist competed in the long jump, the now-sophomore was a eighth-grader.
Fast forward two years to the Titan Track Classic, Nyquist was called upon to jump in the meet with no practice for the event at all up to this point in the season.
As fun as it was, and trying to find her footing, Nyquist jumped a shade over 16-feet in the preliminary round to qualify for the finals in the event.
“I think it was a ‘do it for funsies’-kind of meet, I didn’t really know my steps or anything so it was kind of getting our initial start,” said the sophomore “But I’m excited to do it for the rest of the season and see what I can do.”
Though she scratched on one of her jumps, Nyquist finished seventh in the Titan Track Classic thanks to a 16-feet-1.5-inch jump even though she wasn’t expecting to even reach the finals in the first-place.
“Oh no, I was just trying to have fun with it. Kind of light and easy, but it was kind of cool,” starts Nyquist. “But we’ll see what happens.”
Following her jumps, the sophomore was hanging out with a few people she knows from her time at Oregon City High School as Nyquist spent about 20 minutes just hanging out for old-time sake,
“Oh it was good, I haven’t seen them in a long-time and it’s really good to see them and see how they’re doing,” said Nyquist with a grin as she finished fifth in the 100 meter dash with a 13.18 time, a PR for the sophomore.
Nyquist’s teammate in Alyssa Smart found herself working back from some quadriceps-hamstring tightness suffered early on in the season as she slowly works back into the demands of the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles with the season picking up steam.
“It’s hard too because it’s still there and it still bugs you, but you just got to push through,” start Smart. “I definitely think I could do better but it’s really early in the season so I think it’s going to be a fun rest of the season to comeback and getting better.”
Smart finished 17th in the 100 meter hurdles and 14th in the 300 meter hurdles.
Casey Pugh and Ben Kirby finished sixth and seventh in the 1,500 meter race as freshman Hailey Notman PR’d in the 1,500 with a 5:14.92 time. Notman too finished seventh in the 3,000 meter race as Kirby finished fifth in the guys version of the 3,000 meter race.
Jacobe Croff finished third in the long jump (20-feet-three-inches).