Tea eyes championship season in high jump

Jessica Tea
Jessica Tea

EVART — Jessica Tea has one more year left as a high school high jumper before embarking on her college career.

But she’s looking forward to the points she’ll be able to produce for Evart this season in her event.

Tea has been at regionals all three years and was third at state as a freshman and junior. She also placed at the indoor state meet this season.

Her best jump has been 5-6. She’s looking for at least 5-8 this season.

“I just need to keep practicing more on my form,” Tea said, “and on the speed on my approach.”

Her work during the indoor season “helps a lot because I committed to Grand Valley,” she said. “I went to a meet there and my jumping coach next year helped me with some stuff.”

Tea said other schools looked at her and she received plenty of letters. Grand Valley, with an impressive indoor facility, was a strong choice for Tea.

“They got a brand new outdoor track too a couple of years ago,” she said.

Tea won the high jump with a leap of 5-feet last Friday at the Grand Valley State Indoor invitational.

High jump will be her main focus at Grand Valley. At Evart, she’ll also do sprints and is trying long jump for the first time.

“We look really good,” Tea said. “We have (more than 20 girls). We’re all pretty talented. Our new coach (Ken Willems) has been great.”

Tea expects the Wildcats to be competitive once they get outdoors. The Wildcats have an outdoor meet set for April 17.

Meanwhile, Tea hopes to continue to keep the titles she’s won in various areas, including the regional high jumping crown.