Jenna Rogers learned on Sunday that expectations can be shattered in a matter of few big moments.
The Rutherford (NJ) High freshman, who had hoped to land a 5 foot, 8 inch high jump, produced a surprising freshman class record at New Balance Nationals Outdoor, going 6-feet, 0.75 inches to break Olympian and World indoor champion Vashti Cunningham's record of 6-0.25 set back in 2013.
"I'm so surprised," Rogers said. "I came into this not thinking I would win this at all. I can't believe it."
Rogers had finished third recently at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Track and Field Championships with a height of 5-8. She had marked consistently between 5-6 and 5-8 all season, including a NJSIAA Group Championship on June 3 at 5-6.
Then came NBNO. Rogers stepped to her position and began to land a series of jumps, making it look, at times, easy. She hit at 5-9 in two attempts and then again at 5-10 before going for broke at 6-0.75.
"My mind was somewhere else," she said. " ... Nothing was going through my head except with, 'Let's clear this bar.'"
NBNO Girls High Jump Championship
|Place||Athlete||Affiliation||Best Jump||Flight (Pl)|
|1||Jenna ROGERS||20||Rogers-Jenna-NJ-Rutherford||1.85m (6-¾ )||1 (1)|
|2||Jelena ROWE||17||Bloom Tc-Il||1.80m (5-10¾ )||1 (2)|
|3||Morgan SMALLS||20||Panther Creek Tc-Nc||1.80m (5-10¾ )||2 (1)|
|4||Shelby TYLER||19||Tyler-Shelby-IN-Noblesville||1.75m (5-8¾ )||2 (2)|
|5||Courteney CAMPBELL||17||Campbell-Courteney-NJ-South Br||1.75m (5-8¾ )||1 (3)|
|6||Jessica HANEY||19||Lees Summit West Tc-Mo||1.75m (5-8¾ )||1 (4)|
|6||Emma DAUGHERTY||18||Daugherty-Emma-OH-Maumee Valle||1.75m (5-8¾ )||1 (4)|
|8||Laurel MILLER||17||Miller-Laurel-WV-Ripley||1.75m (5-8¾ )||2 (3)|
|8||Kenya LIVINGSTON||18||Ravens Elite-NC||1.75m (5-8¾ )||2 (3)|