By Noe Lambert
The Top Line
On Friday, April 6, during the Chehalem Field and Track Classic, Beaverton freshman Lily Reynolds broke the school record for high jump and moved herself to first in the state. She hit a height of 5 feet and 6 inches, an entire inch higher than Beaverton’s previous record from 1992. This puts Reynolds as our newest record holder and the top performer in the state of Oregon for high jump. Reynolds also participates in the 100 meter, long jump, and 4×100 meter relay.
This specific meet was an invitational, which means the best players from 16 schools were competing in the meet. Reynolds competed in three other events, even setting a personal record in the 100 meter at a time of 13.52 seconds. As for the high jump, she also set her personal record of 5 feet and 6 inches. If you look at her records for the year, Reynolds’ scores had been leading up to this incredible feat. She had achieved heights of 4’10” at the Liberty meet and 5’4.25” at the Mountainside meet. This linear progression leads to the belief that she will continue to succeed and increase her heights.
Reynolds’ personal record happened to have broken Lindsey Richter’s previous school record from 1992, which was 5 feet 5 inches. This means she jumped an entire inch higher than the school record, which is quite impressive. An inch is a lot when you’re talking about high jump. Richter, the previous record holder, was also featured as a contestant on the television show Survivor. So watch out Lindsey, it looks like you’ve been knocked off the island!
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The star freshman was elated to have reached her record, and wasn’t expecting it at all. “Coming into the season, I just wanted to PR but I definitely didn’t expect to get above 5’4”,” she explained. Reynolds has been competing in track since she was in third grade, which gives her far more experience than many other high school track and field athletes. In terms of her goals for the rest of the season, Reynolds says, “I really want to win state and I hope that I can. I’m really excited and what I’m hoping for is a scholarship in the future and to break my own record.”
The Bottom Line
With Reynolds’ newest record and her current title as first in the state for high jump, it looks as though she has a long season ahead of her filled with success. Especially as a freshman, she can expect to continue achieving great things throughout her high school career. Breaking a school record is a huge accomplishment, and even more so if you are a freshman. Beaverton high school is proud of our star freshman and we can’t wait to witness her goals come true in the future.
(Photo courtesy of sisterkrista.blog).