Reed lands in Vermont record book
BRATTLEBORO — When Jasper Reed bolted down the runway and exploded off of the board at the state meet on June 2 in Burlington, spectators may have mistaken him for a bird or a plane.
The Brattleboro Union High School senior, who has been super since the B first appeared on his chest four years ago, became the first high school athlete in Vermont to soar 23 feet in the long jump.
"Breaking the Vermont state record felt amazing. I've always wanted to hold a record of some sort, and now that I've accomplished that I can finally say that I am satisfied with my high school track career," he said.
Reed, who also struck gold in the 100 at the state meet, finished first in the long jump ahead of Ryan Guerino of Essex and Saint Johnsbury's Alex Carlisle.
"He looked over his shoulder to see his mark and a smile lit up his face," stated BUHS track and field coach Kevin Freitas. "It was very exciting for us all, but not surprising. We were all very proud of him. He deserves it. Records are great to have and this one is very special."
The track star has now won eight individual state titles, with his first being a triple jump championship as a freshman. He has finished first in the long jump the last three seasons, has captured back-to-back 100 crowns, took the 200 as a junior, and also reigned in the triple jump as a sophomore.
"My day-to-day training is pretty light. I start with light stretching, then go into my striders. Some days I will work on my starts, but not all the time. I think what made me somewhat successful as a jumper in Vermont was both the competition that was around me and the support I got from my parents and my fellow jumper, Kharisma (Boyd)," noted Reed.
As a senior, the three-sport athlete helped the BUHS boys soccer team win five games in the fall and was then part of the Brattleboro boys hockey team's seven-win season. He will now concentrate on track and field as a student at the University of Vermont.
"Running track in college has always been a dream of mine and I'm very glad that UVM has presented the opportunity for me to continue training over the next few years. I'm joining a great group of athletes there that will push me to do my best," Reed said. "Currently I'm undecided on my major, but I'm hoping to go into a career in business — Finance and Marketing or something close to it. I'm big into numbers."
29.4 is one that he's probably interested in, since it's Mike Powell's world record measurement for the long jump.
"Jasper is convinced that jumps are his best events, but I think he could be a pretty accomplished runner up to the 400 or maybe even a decathlete," stated the BUHS coach. "He's an incredibly talented young man and he's knowledgeable about his sport. He's gregarious, friendly, and outgoing. I'm going to miss him — he's been so much fun to watch."
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