April is upon us, and while the chill is still in the air, the meets must go on.
The outdoor season leading up to the state championship is condensed into virtually two months: April and May (the last week or two in March also features select meets). The temperatures progressively rise throughout the month of April, giving way to what we hope is a warm May. Most of the top performances take place in May, due mainly to training being geared towards better late season performances and the weather.
But we still see some strong performances in April. Moreover, they build the foundation for the rest of the season. Focusing on the jumps, what were the best April performances over the last five years? And how do those top performances compare to the bests at the end of the season?
We looked at the best April (and March) jumps since 2013 as a barometer for where the some of the state championship hopefuls should be in a few weeks to be on track to capture state crowns. In the long jump, triple jump, and high jump, we ranked the top ten April/March jumps and compared that with the best jump by the end of the season.