By Caroline Hui
High jump is the definition of the term “raising the bar.”
The bar is raised incrementally and the event ends when the athlete cannot jump any higher. On Thursday, the girls’ high jump lasted for two-and-a-half hours and saw ISB sophomore Halle Jourdan place first, jumping a height of 1.46 meters. JIS freshman Katie Osterlund came in second, and TAS sophomore Alex Jones and ISM senior Caitlin Spenc e tied for third.
Jourdan said that Thursday’s high jump competition was the longest she’s ever waited for the event to end. The wait was worth it.
“I feel amazing,” said Jourdan, a first-time jumper at IASAS, of her victory.
The bar starts at 1.15 meters and is raised in increments of five centimeters until it reaches a height of 1.35 meters. After that, it is raised in increments of three centimeters. For each new level, the jumper has three tries to clear the bar.
If the jumper hits the bar and it stays in place, it is considered a clear. If the jumper hits the bar and it falls off, it is a strike. After three strikes, the jumper is out of the competition. If the jumper’s foot hits the mat before jumping, it’s a scratch.
High jumpers agree that the hardest part of the game is blocking out outside noise.
“When the guy is talking on the microphone, it’s really annoying,” SAS junior Seira Wade said. “It’s so distracting when someone is running around you and there’s cheering. Then, you usually don’t go. That’s why for this event, there’s no time limit.”
Wade said that these distractions make dealing with her nerves difficult.
For Jourdan, approaching the bar is the hardest part of the game because of the noise.
“You have to block out everything and everybody around you,” Jourdan said. “You can’t worry about the person before you, so it takes a lot of focus to start.”
She’ll Be Back:
Jourdan began jumping in P.E. class in middle school. When she found out that she did well, she continued jumping.
“Then it became something I really loved to do,” she said.
Jourdan credits her first place finish to good advice from her coaches.
“I took their advice to heart,” she said. “I actually tried to listen to them and do what they told me to do.”
Jourdan said that she will most likely move to JIS next year. She hopes to jump again at IASAS 2011.