Track: Relaxed Harvey aims for new heights

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Jazzmine Harvey

Jazzmine Harvey. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Relaxation is the name of the game for Northwest sophomore Jazzmine Harvey.

At the 5A Region I meet last week, Harvey cleared 5-6 on her first attempt to claim silver and advance to state. As a freshman, Harvey only managed to leap 4-10 at regionals.

“As a freshman I was psyching myself out,” Harvey said. “This year, I was more relaxed because I knew the experience. I was trying to keep my cool, because honestly, I was freaking out. I did not [expect to go to state].”

Harvey set the bar high early this season, recording the best jump of her career March 17 at the Eaton meet. She cleared 5-7 to win gold.

Since then, Harvey went on to capture the District 6-5A title and successfully defended her area title.

“I can get really competitive,” she said. “I’ll start crying if I have to.”

Harvey will compete at the UIL track and field championships May 11 at the University of Texas at Austin. Her personal-best of 5-7 puts her in a tie for fifth in 5A.

College Station’s Annika Williams is the top jumper at 5-10.

Harvey is excited for the opportunity to compete at the state level.

“For me, it’s about going out and having fun,” Harvey said. “It would be great [to medal].”

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