Almost all of the best female long jumpers are scheduled to compete on Saturday at the LSU High School Qualifier. With the impressive collection, we thought we would break it down and let you know the athletes to look for in this event. Some have opened up in their season. For others, this will be our first look.
While we break the competitors down, we want you to know what you think. Who do you think will win the LSU High School Qualifier. Let us know by participating in the poll. The poll will close at 9pm on Friday night.
MARLEY RICHARD (DESTREHAN) - Had her indoor PR of 17-9.75 in this meet last year as a freshman. Went on to finish sixth at the 2022 LHSAA Division I State Meet (17-7.5). She carried the momentum from her indoor season outdoors where she led Destrehan to a district title. In 2023, she will be looking to make it to her first podium at a state championship meet. A state championship for the sophomore is not out of the realm of possibility.
DEMETRIA HARRIS (HUNTINGTON)- Opened up her season last Saturday at the McNeese Indoor No. 1 with a respectable 16-7.75, but Harris isn't looking for respectable. Look for her to be more at home this weekend inside the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse. She jumped over 17-0 in all three meets last indoor season including an indoor personal record of 17-9 at the Last Chance Qualifier. Outdoors, she finished third at the LHSAA Class 4A State Championship (16-11.5).
TRISTEN HARRIS (WEST FELICIANA) - Ready to open the 2023 season and defend her Division II LHSAA long jump title, which she won as a freshman in 2022 with a jump of 17-9.75.
JORDYN TAYLOR (DENHAM SPRINGS) Has the state lead with a monster effort of 18-7.75 at the North Texas Showcase which was held in Haslet, Texas last month. Taylor's jump ranks No. 40 in the US. She is the only senior on this list, and you can bet she will do everything in her power to go out on top before passing the torch to the younger jumpers.
A'SHYRIA BURNS (MENARD) - Beat some experienced jumpers in her opener last Saturday at the McNeese Indoor No. 1. Burns jumped a 17-3.5 which is ranked No. 2 in the state behind Taylor. It also ranks No. 7 nationally among all freshmen.
KERRINGTON BAHAM (COVINGTON) - During the outdoor season last year, the Covington junior saved her best for last, jumping 18-1.75 at the LHSAA Class 5 State Outdoor Championships. If she can pick up where she left off last year, she will be in the hunt to make it to the podium on Saturday at the LSU High School Qualifier.
SINCERE WILSON (SCOTLANDVILLE) - Opened with a jump of 15-0 at the McNeese Indoor No. 1. That jump was good for seventh place, but she will need to be much improved against this loaded field to have a shot at a trip to the podium.