At points during the Nassau Class A Championships, it was probably hard for Uniondale’s Asia Jinks to tell whether she was running in an event or to an event. It was a test of endurance, skill and organization for the junior who competed in, and won, three individual events Tuesday night at St. Anthony’s High School.
“I just kept focused on each event as I got to it, telling myself what I needed to do for each event, telling myself to keep calm and not be so anxious, so I don’t psych myself out and do the best I can,” Jinks said.
Jinks won the long jump (17 feet, 11 1⁄2 inches), the triple jump (38 feet, 9 3⁄4 inches), and the 55-meter hurdles (8.65 seconds). The triple victories yielded 30 points, helping Uniondale score 96 and take the team title. It was the Knights’ second consecutive indoor county title.
“It was very exciting,” Jinks said of her three individual wins. “It was very tiring too, running back and forth, but I just had to keep my head straight.”
All three marks were personal bests for Jinks. Her triple jump was a school record, breaking the previous mark of 37 feet, 11 inches, coach Leigh Pollet said.
While long jumping, Jinks said she used her coach as motivation.
“During my jump phase, I kept my head up, got out and over and pretended like I was jumping over my coach, like in practice,” Jinks said.
Uniondale won two of the three relays. Jaileesa Casimir, Colby Green, Julianne Mercer and Kristina Cherrington won the 4 x 400-meter relay in 4:05.13. Brianna McGregor, Zaria Fuller, Ayanna Whittaker and Michema Guerrier won the 4 x 200-meter relay in 1:47.08.
Cherrington took second in the 300 meters (41.81) and the 600 meters (1:38.45). Fuller finished second in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches). Whittaker was second in the 55 meters (7.46).
“It means a whole lot,” Jinks said of the championship. “It’s very important to my team, as well as to me, to make my coach proud and make a name for my school.”