Jasmine Martin wanted to stop.
The Mountain View junior had triple jumped 37 feet, 2 inches — a new school record.
She had one more attempt, but a busy week of track, volleyball and Advanced Placement testing was catching up with her.
Martin was drained, both physically and mentally.
But Mountain View triple jump and long jump coach John Nosler pushed her to go once more.
She sprinted down the runway, hopped, stepped and then sprang into the air, landing in the sand pit — 37-9, another school record.
“I didn’t think that I could do it again,” says Martin of twice breaking Mountain View’s 19-year-old girls triple jump record last Thursday at the Bend City Championships at Summit. “My legs were telling me not to do it (jump) again. I just took a deep breath and tried to relax. I just ran as hard as I could and I’m really surprised that I could run and jump considering how exhausted I am.”
The record-breaking triple jumps came after Martin ran the second leg of Mountain View’s 4x100 relay, made it to finals in the long jump and then tied her personal best of 5-7 to win the high jump.
On May 3, less than a week earlier, Martin competed in all three jumping events at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays in Portland, clearing 5-6 to win the high jump. She bested more than 40 of the best high jumpers in the Pacific Northwest, including Westview’s Colleen Uzoekwe, who at 5-8 has the top jump in the state this season.
“My goal was to beat her,” Martin says of Uzoekwe. “I wasn’t really expecting it. It was fun to compete against really good competition from all over and see some new faces. It was really crazy because there were so many people, but it was really fun.”
Martin then spent the next two days with her club volleyball team, North Pacific Juniors, playing in a regional tournament in Portland.
Martin, who has verbally committed to Washington State University’s volleyball program, is used to balancing the two sports.
“I wouldn’t say yes unless they (Washington State) were open to at least letting me try track,” Martin says. “I really like the school but I didn’t want to give up on my track dreams.”
Taylor Vallerga, Mountain View’s high jump coach, remembers first meeting Martin, who is now 6 feet 2 inches tall, as a freshman.
“When we come out the first day of track, we look around to see what we’ve got,” Vallerga says. “I had been looking for a tall high jumper for 20 years. I look around and, ‘Oh my God, who is that?’ ”
Vallerga got even more excited when he learned the girl’s name.
His father, Paul Vallerga, had coached Jasmine Martin’s mother, Teresa, to three high jump state championships at Mountain View in the mid-1980s.
“This is a family deal,” Taylor Vallerga says. “I inherited her through coming through Mountain View. It’s been a really cool experience to be able to carry on the tradition.”
Jasmine Martin finished her freshman season strong. After long jumping 18-7, a new school record, at the Bend City Championships, she won the 2017 OSAA 5A long jump state championship. Martin then won both the long jump and high jump state titles last spring. She placed second in the triple jump.
“She’s the best girl jumper we’ve had at Mountain View, bar none,” Nosler says. “I hope people appreciate this because this is a special talent.”
But Martin still has one Mountain View jump record to break — her mother’s.
Teresa Martin’s high jump record of 5-91⁄2 has stood for 35 years.
“It’s really fun because she’s really supportive and she wants me to beat her record,” says Jasmine Martin, who will compete in the Mountain Valley Conference championships on Thursday and Saturday at Summit. “It’s nice that she’s so supportive. She believes that I can do it, hopefully this year or next year. I did not expect it coming into high school, to beat one record, let alone three. It’s really fun. It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to believe that I did it.”
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