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COC's Tim White wins state triple jump title

At the same meet, Hart grad Grace Graham-Zamudio wins 3 titles for Glendale

Posted: May 18, 2013 8:03 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2013 8:03 p.m.
 

One year later, Tim White wasn’t going to let anyone get in his way of a state championship.

A little less than a year after falling 2 inches short of a state triple jump title in high school, Hart High graduate and College of the Canyons freshman Tim White blew away the field to win the triple jump at Saturday’s California Community College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Mateo.

Also highlighting the day was another Hart graduate, Glendale College’s Grace Graham-Zamudio, who won turned in a stellar day with three individual state titles in the 1,500-meter, the 5,000-meter and the 10,000-meter.

The Glendale sophomore won the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 36.13 seconds, the 5,000 in 17:41.04 and the 10,0000 in 37:22.19.

The only other COC participant at the state meet was freshman Anthony Fowler, who finished eighth in the 400 final with a time of 48.97.

As for White, he leapt 51 feet, 3.5 inches on his first attempt of the final, which was a distant first place ahead of second-place Vernon Sampson of Fresno City College. Sampson went 47 feet, 11.75 inches.

It was such a decisive win for White, he was left wanting more.

“It felt good of course,” he said. “It would have felt better if there would have been some better competition so I could have put up better marks.”

Saturday’s mark was short of White's personal best of 52 feet even. It was also short of the mark he set at the CIF State Track and Field Championships last year at Hart, which was at 51-5.

White appeared to be in line for a state championship in the event, but Claremont’s Klyvens Delunay later edged him with a jump of 51-7. White settled for second.

“It wasn’t really on my mind other than I didn’t want a guy to jump 2 inches farther than I did and then I’d have to go out and jump farther,” White said of last year.

White, who has only competed in the triple jump for two years, will take part in the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on June 19 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Since White is 18 years old, he remains eligible for the junior event.

It will give him another chance to improve on his distance.

“This year I felt more experienced with my jumps and had more composure,” White said. “It felt a lot better than my first year doing triple jump.”

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