Courtesy of the High Point Blaze Track Club:
UP! UP! And Away
Jazmine Gooden(13) is member of the HP Blaze Track Club. She is jumping her way into history by competing in 46th USATF National Junior Olympic in Baltimore, MD on Wednesday July 25, 2012 by competing ro the top medal in high jump. To achieve the goal, Gooden must out jump 15-20 girls in her age group to obtain this goal. She has proved that she can jump with the best of them by placing fifth in the local, state, and regionals competition thus far. Gooden has working real, real hard to achieve this goal. Her coach( Dennis White) takes no credit for this milestone in her young track career. White was Gooden’s track coach at Hairston Middle School for the last two years.
White states that Gooden is one his best high jumpers that he has ever coached. When asked what makes Gooden one of his best? White replied- her work ethic, she is willing to work sun up to sun down, listen to coach very well, have a heart for high jumping. Coach also states she is willing and ready to perform any day. She is very humble individual. Do not like the line light just want to be part of team. Gooden gives credit to her mother(Tomeka) who instill in her a never gives up attitude. When the bar get bar higher and higher,Gooden can hear her shout coming from the across the field. Jazmine you can do it! This let her know I can do it when I hear that voice. Gooden also looks forwards to jumping in the presence of the her father(Marcus)and brother(Jaelan) who is always waving their hands and pumping their fist.
Last but not least, Gooden states the voice of coach give her final instruction before lift off. Gooden will take all the voice of support tomorrow to compete in USATF National Competition for her goal of winning a medal in high jump.