Kourtney Rathke Joins The 20ft Long Jump Club At Centaurus


Kourtney Rathke could feel it. 

Everything was clicking. 

A smile stretched across her face as she heard the distance of her third and final long jump. 

"19-6."

Her second jump was 19-7, and prior to that?

20-1. 

She had four jumps well beyond 19-feet at Friday's Centaurus Twilight

"I was really happy with the consistency over 18, 19 (feet)," she shared. "And getting one over 20 was really exciting for a PR, and first time over 20."

No matter that dark, ominous clouds loomed above as Winter was preparing its ugly return to the Colorado's Front Range. Temperatures plummeted into the lower 40s as the sun was back into a temporary hibernation. 

"I think (the weather) kind of helped me have no expectations," she explained. "(You) just kind of go out there and have fun. Sometimes that's all you need."

The low-key approach clearly worked for the Peak to Peak senior, as she went near her previous personal best of 19-11 three times, and over 20 for a new PR. Rathke's leapt beyond 18-7 every time she's competed this season, but she found a new stride Friday as the winds swirled and Winter returned. 

"Today, to have four jumps over 19-feet was super exciting," she said. "And proving to myself that jumping close to 20 isn't a fluke."

Rathke's 20-1 performance was a Colorado No. 1

A Colorado Spring was in full affect, as the first half of the Centaurus Twilight was, well, bearable. And I write "A Colorado Spring" because it can be 80-degrees one day, and 40 and snowing the next.

Friday's storm rolled through the afternoon like a dump truck on a busy street, bringing the chaos of snow and light winds that made some events just a bit too dicey to compete - like the pole vault. 

While snow hampered the latter half of the Centaurus Twilight, it didn't slow too many people down. 

Oh, Spring in Colorado... 

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Sanaai Hancock made light work of the girl's hurdles. 

The Cherokee Trail senior swept the hurdles, running a 5A No. 2 in the 100H, clocking 14.74. She also won the 300H in 46.41. 

On the topic of sweeps...

It was a Prok-Sweep of the distance events. 

Mia Prok ran away with the first event of the day - the girl's 3,200 - clocking 10:59, while her younger sister Anna Prok did the same in the 1,600 later in the day, running 5:06.77.