A Young Lake Ridge Girls Track Team Finishes Third at the State Meet
Jun 14, 2016 04:09PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
Jasmine Moore broke the nearly 20-year triple jump national freshman class record with a wind-legal leap of 42-01.75.
The Mansfield Lake Ridge Girls Track Team [5 Images] Click Any Image To Expand
The team finished third at the state meet and Jasmine Moore, one of their freshman, won two gold medals in the long and triple jump, a sophomore, Faith Ette, finished second in the shot put, and another sophomore, Ariel Ford, finished third in the 400m. Their 4 x 400 relay finished 4th at the meet.
Coach Michelle Womack won Coach of the Year by Texas Track and Field Coaches Association (TGCA) and three girls, Jasmine Moore, Ariel Ford, and Faith Ette, were awarded All-State honors by the same organization.
With all of their recent successes, and the fact that this team is a relatively young team, they will most likely be one of the favorites to win the state title in 2017.
Jasmine Moore was named by the Dallas Morning News All-Area Team - Newcomer of the Year. She is currently a finalist for Gatorade Athlete of the Year and the TTFCA Field Athlete of the Year. Both organizations will announce the winner by June 24th.
We were lucky enough to get in touch with head coach Michelle Womack and hear about what it was like to be a part of an award-winning team.
Tell us a little about the Lake Ridge Girls Track team. How long have they been competing together? There were only 4 seniors this year on the team, so we are relatively young. Our largest class is the group that will be Juniors next year so most of them have been competing together for a couple of years now.
Would you say they get along? They are a very tight knit group of girls, they enjoy spending time together outside of practice and meets.
Our medalists were Ariel Ford, 3rd in the 400 meter, Faith Ette, 2nd in the shot-put, and Jasmine Moore became the first track athlete from Lake Ridge to win a State Championship, winning both the long and triple jumps. She also broke a (nearly) 20 year old record* for freshman in the triple jump with a mark of 42'1.75".
*(Editor's note: The previous record was set by fellow Texan Ychlindria Spears of Luling in 1999. Source.)
What's one of the funniest? One of the funniest things for me this year happened on our way home from Texas Relays and the girls were singing in the van. Then everyone got quiet and sophomore Kelly Rowe, who had her head phones on was rapping at the top of her lungs without a care in the world. I thought I would never stop laughing.
Congratulations Lake Ridge Girls Track Team!