From staff report
Oak Hill sophomore Janae Moffitt is already breaking high jump records, and the high school season hasn’t officially begun yet.
Moffitt was among a group of three area athletes who competed in the fifth annual Dorothy Dawson Midwest Zone Championship Invitational at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill. She was in the girls’ 15-16 division and had to compete unattached because the high school season hasn’t officially begun.
Moffitt set a new personal record en route to winning her division with a leap of 5 feet, 7 inches. The jump was also a new meet record. The previous record was 5-feet, 5 inches. The jump is also the state best to this point by five inches.
Moffitt’s jump of 1.70 meters broke the previous girls’ 15-16 national record of 1.55 meters.
Moffitt also placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:05.36.
Moffitt wasn’t the only local participant to set a national record.
Oak Hill seventh-grader Samuel Sommers won the boys’ 11-12 long jump with a leap of 16 feet (4.87 meters), which broke a national record. The previous national record was 4.44 meters.
Sommers also won the high jump with a leap of 1.35 meters, which tied for his personal-best mark.
Hunter Begley, who is a new student at Oak Hill, placed fourth in the girls’ 17-18 800-meter run in a time of 2:39.76.
With the top six finishers in each event qualifying for the indoor nationals in Maryland later this month, Moffitt, Sommers and Begley all qualified for the meet.
Moffitt is coming off a freshman season where she placed seventh at the state finals. She set the school high jump record at 5 feet, 6 inches.