By Jeremy McDonald
INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– South Salem’s Summer Esok was already going to be competing at the John Oliver Invitational, but when Anya Akimoff wasn’t able to make it and the JV long jumper was offered her slot instead which the senior accepted.
Joined by Olivia Casarez in the same flight, Esok made most of her opportunity and finished the heat with a 15-foot-four-inch leap, PR-ing in the event while juggling in the 100 meter dash.
“I mean that’s my PR today so i felt pretty good, it was kind of hard because I had to do the 100 right after I longed jump so I only had one more jump left which I usually do best in the last Long Jump usually. But I felt pretty good,” said Esok, who finished the 100 meters in 14.29 seconds.
As chaotic as it was trying to make sure she’s at two places at once, Esok knows how she can improve upon her jumping as Districts loom in the coming weeks.
“A lot of drills and run-through’s and practicing on the landing because that’s the part I need to work on is my landing the most,” said Esok.
Her teammates in Casarez was impressed with how Esok did considering it was such short noticed for her to take Akimoff’s spot.
“Oh she did so good, I’m actually pretty proud of her she got a PR. That is amazing,” said Casarez of her teammate.
For Casarez, she overcame a rough warm-up to finish sixth in the event with a jump of 14-feet-four-inches.
“I wasn’t honestly expecting to place because my first jump I jumped off my left foot when I’m a right foot and my second jump I was two feet behind the board and my third jump, another foot-and-a-half. Fourth jump, half-a-foot so I’m honestly surprised I placed,” said Casarez with a smile.
For Casarez, she admits that remembering when her flight will help her in the future in giving her proper time to warm-up in the future as she PR’d in the 300 meter hurdles (50.39), finishing third behind Corvallis’ Wendy Hare and Salem Academy’s Sydney Brown.
Chole Bryant finished fourth in the 100 meter dash (13.58), Hailey Lewetag PR’d in her second-place finish for the 200 meter dash (27.09) as the sophomore won the 800 meter run (2:23.60) which too is a PR.
Eric Lungu finished second in the 800 with a 1:59.75 PR and Evan Gonzalez PR’d in the 3000 meter run (9:16.86) as Gonzalez finished second in the race. The guys 4×400 team of Gonzalez, Heber Salinas-Hernandez, Alex Kivet and Lungu won the event.