Q&A: junior Keontae Jenkins sets new standards on track

JUNIOR KEONTAE JENKINS wins his heat in the 55m race.  Jenkins finished fifth in the state, receiving All-State honors.

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JUNIOR KEONTAE JENKINS wins his heat in the 55m race. Jenkins finished fifth in the state, receiving All-State honors.

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All-State sprinter and varsity football player, junior Keontae Jenkins blew away the competition this season.  As a “newbie”, he broke two school records in the 55m dash (6.45 secs.) and the long jump (22-5.5) records indoors.  In addition, Jenkins won six events overall in sprinting and jumping. He later went on to win the 6A Region A runner-up in the 55m.

Q: How long have you been at Cox High School?

A: “I have been at Cox for one year so far.”

Q: How did you get involved with track and field?

A: “I got involved with track so I could have something to do once football season had ended.”

Q: What events do you compete in?

A: “I compete in the 55m, 300m, long jump, and triple jump.”

Q: What is your favorite event?

A: “My favorite event was the 55m.”

Q: Did you place at states?

A: “I placed 5th [in the 55m dash] at states.”

Q: How did it feel to be all-state in your event(s)?

A: “I didn’t really feel anything being all-state. [The goal} was to be first place, so I was upset about that because I failed at what I had wanted.”

Q: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

A: “I want to break the 100m record [for outdoor].”

 

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