By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Cascade freshman Emma Gates entered the 2019 Titan Track Classic ranked third in the USATF rankings with a jump of five-four in Oregon.
And even though she’s been battling through a stiff lower back for much of the season, including Friday’s meet, the frosh didn’t let it negatively impact her as she and Mountain View’s Jasmine Martin were the last two jumpers left standing at the Titan Track Classic Friday.
“It’s already been here earlier in the season so I’m just trying to work through it and I’m really happy with how I did with it anyways,” laughed and smiled Gates on the back issue.
She talked about PR-ing, she did that in her final attempt at the 5-foot-6-inch mark. She was close of surpassing the 5-foot-8-inch height that would have brought her just mere centimeters of tying the school record of five-foot-8.5-inches.
“I’m happy it happened here and the competition, I think that helped me here having someone at the same height as me,” Gates said of the PR.
Martin couldn’t clear the height, but was given the top spot in the results for hitting the 5-foot-6-inch height in few jumps than the young Gates did on this particular day in Salem. But one of the things that her and her coach Ron Worst were talking about during her jumps was consistency in her jumps.
They talked in between jumps about launching and when to do it and the finer details of the takeoff, something that she could improve upon moving into future meets later on this High School season for Gates.
“I need to get more consistent. It really helps me when I’m more consistent,” said Gates as Cascade will be at Sisters Wednesday.
The weather moments after Gates final jump raised havoc on Elijah Nolan’s throw in Javelin, but the Junior battled through it for a seventh-place finish with a throw of 144-feet-7-inches.
Ashton Williams (200 meters), Anna Wilson (300 meter hurdles), Isabelle Fisher (Shot Put) all finished tenth in their respective events Friday in the 19 team field at West Salem High School.