Senior long jumper anxious for banner season with Bucks

LEROY — Jasmine Blackrick is a senior for Pine River’s track and field team, who has been making key contributions to the Bucks so far this season and hopes to keep it going.

She’s in the 4x1 and 4x2 relays, plus the long jump and perhaps the sprints or 4x4 relay.

Long jump is her strength. Her best has been 15-0. She’s looking for 16 feet this season.

“I need to work on it more because obviously this year, there’s so much going on,” Blackrick said. “Last year, I was injured a lot. This year, I was injured again and couldn’t run a week after spring break, and I just came back.”

Weather conditions slowed down the preseason training preparation for Blackrick and other track athletes. But Blackrick is working on becoming a top notch long jumper.

“For me, I never can jump off the right foot,” she said. “With my steps, they’re different. I start off with the opposite foot and then I jump with the opposite foot.”

Blackrick has high hopes for the relays. She was encouraged with what the 4x1 accomplished at the Mohawk Relays.

“Our 4x2 did very good, but all we need to do is work on our handoffs and (not) looking behind us,” Blackrick said. “We have a pretty good distance team and sprint team. It’s just hard because we don’t have many girls this year. With us three seniors, it’s hard. We can do a lot of stuff but can only be in four events.”

Michelle Kelsey and Devyn Powell are the only other seniors.

The Bucks, hopeful of making some noise in the Highland Conference this season, will be in regional action this week. They are at McBain for the league meet next Tuesday.