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Long Jumping

April 10th, 2006 · 5 Comments

Derek is doing the long jump, high jump and triple jump this year in track.

Last week there was an invitational track meet with 8 schools participating. Derek won the long jump event with the longest individual jump of 19′ 7″. Not bad to be the best out of 8 schools!

There is an asterisk, however. This was a “minor” invitational, and a couple of the more competitive schools were saving their best for the major invitationals. Nevertheless, it was still an excellent performance.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Richard // Apr 11, 2006 at 6:37 am

    Wow! That’s a tremendous jump. I assume there were some athletes in Gisele’s family somewere? I know this did not come from the Lafferty side.

  • 2 Donna // Apr 11, 2006 at 9:11 am

    I’m trying to picture in my mind just how far 19′ 7″ is. It boggles. Let’s see, that’s longer than the length of Dad’s first Masonite trailer. Farther than 2 Intel cubes side by side. Wider than the width of my driveway. Almost 4 line markers on a football field. More than twice the viewing distance of Richard’s chair to TV. Almost the NCAA 3 point line to the basket.

    Whew! That’s a long jump.

  • 3 Daryl // Apr 11, 2006 at 9:24 am

    All good comparisons, except not sure about the football field “line markers” — aren’t they 5 *yards* apart? A 20-yard jump would truly be tremendous!

  • 4 Donna // Apr 11, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    Oops. I guess I can’t even claim that I meant the small one yard markers, can I? How about I switch it to “Over 6 small markers on a football field!”

  • 5 Mom // Apr 12, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    Don’t you all realize that he is just like his grandmother. I am not only a long jumper, but you know how fast I can run these days. Nothing has yet been invented to measure my speed and agility!
    Good going, Derek!