Esther Diza-Mbelolo dropped 2.17 seconds off her personal best this year.
Like all sprint events, improvement is hard to come by. I was expecting to see seconds here or there, but claiming the Leap of the Year required an improvement that went into the double digits.
Yes. You read that right.
Pomona's Destiny Maes claimed this year's crown with ease. Her jaw-dropping improvement of 10.83 seconds was unrivaled. A year ago she was a 58.96 300 hurdler. This year she's down to 48.13.
That's over three second per 100 meters run. Let that sink in for a moment, because that's a massive chunk of time. To understand the gravity of such a drop, consider that her improvement was six seconds beyond the next best leap.
Paonia's Alexandra Eaton was a clear runner-up, with a 4.42 second improvement. Eaton entered the season with a 52.78 PR, and left it with a 48.36.
Coming in third this year was Hayley Rayburn, who was primarily known for her pole vaulting success. Rayburn dropped 3.28 seconds from her PR, going from 49.76, to 46.48.
In the honorable mention category, or perhaps, the "Top Of The Rankings Shake Up" that makes up the top 10 times, Anna Hall's 2.11 second leap from being "really good in the 300 hurdles" to "one of the best in the country" deserves some attention.
Likewise, Kylie Davis and Jaiden Paris improved by nearly three seconds each, going from mixing it up within the state, to near the front of the pack.