AUSTIN— Early Lady Horn sophomore Trinity Tomlinson won the Class 3A state championship in the high jump after landing a 5-foot, 7-inch jump Friday morning.
After taking silver in 2017, Tomlinson would not be denied a gold this time around and feels she has many more state titles ahead of her after capturing her first in only her second year of competing at the high school level.
“It’s just amazing because I wanted to show my coaches I could get first this year and bring back some hardware to the little town of Early, Texas,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson entered the competition with the highest qualifying jump at 5-6, earning her the last jump in each round. As the competition dropped off her visions of wearing gold solidified, but Tomlinson said she ignored everyone but her coach, Justin Moore, and only focused on her next jump.
“I didn’t really watch the others,” Tomlinson said. “I just tried to focus on myself. It feels great. I just hope I can keep it for the next two years. My coaches, my teammates and my family support me and that keeps me going.”
She cleared her first two jumps, but her foot clipped the bar at 5-7. She cleared her second attempt, securing the state title. With the rest of the field out of contention, she used her final three attempts to try and clear 5-8, a career goal, garnering the attention of the thousands in the stands for Friday morning’s festivities.
“It made me a little nervous, but it felt amazing,” Tomlinson said. “I want to thank my coach, family and everyone that came. They are the ones that really helped me get this. It was really fun and I made a lot of really great memories.”
Moore said Tomlinson’s title might be the school's first individual state championship in its history. He attributed her performance to natural ability and said he focused on technique, with both coming together after each attempt to study the finer points on an iPad.
“She has the stride and she has the spring. It’s just doing those little things to get her over the bar,” Moore said. “You can’t ask for a better athlete to do those things, one that’s coachable. She’s starting to pick things up on her own. She will come off the mat and say ‘I hit it with my butt so I have to hold longer’ or ‘I hit it with my heel so I have to scoot back.’ She can make those minor adjustments, which is rare at her age.”
In other action, Zephyr’s Gabby Durbin took fifth in the 3200 with a personal-best time of 12:25.41. She made a play for first in the middle laps, but fell off in the final lap for a top five finish.