Jamir Coleman was having the day of his life, and was one jump away from his first individual state championship in the long jump. But for the third straight year, Mykale Rogers waited until his final attempt to tear off his best jump of the day and win his third consecutive state long jump championship. And this year, it wasn’t just the best jump of the day, it was the best jump of his life. Rogers startled the crowd with a state-record jump of 24 feet, 5.5 inches, leaving Jamir one more jump to try and take the title. And respond he did, jumping what looked to be a distance right with Mykale’s last jump, but when he was called for a foul on the jump by no more than half an inch, Mykale Rogers had his third straight title.
And hopefully for both of the T-Bird stars, the rest of the team will continue their contributions tomorrow and lead Lima Central Catholic to their first-ever team championship. The 4×2 relay team, led by Coleman and Rogers and joined by Dimitri Floyd and Scott Willeke, won their heat and qualified with the second-fastest time heading to tomorrow’s final. And Willeke heads into tomorrow’s 800 final with the state’s fastest qualifying time.
But back to the man who had the day of his life. Jamir Coleman set personal bests in the 100, where he qualified first, the 200, where he qualified second, and the long jump, where he was set to win the title until his fellow T-Bird won his third straight. Rogers also qualified for both the 100 and 200 finals with the 5th fastest times in both. So the T-Birds and Coach Nate Garlock have set themselves up with a very realistic shot at winning the team title tomorrow, and another day like today will give them a great chance to accomplish just that. Good luck boys, go bring home the school’s second state championship of the year tomorrow!