Mansfield’s Very Own Jasmine Moore Tries for Gold in the Tokyo Olympics
By MaKayla Glenn
Last Thursday, Mansfield hosted a send-off for Lake Ridge High School alum and now Olympian Jasmine Moore.
The University of Florida student will be competing on the world's biggest stage beginning July 30th with the triple jump qualifiers. Her start time is anticipated to be shortly after 5 a.m. CDT on Friday morning.
Moore said she started track in the 5th grade and picked up jumping in middle school.
"It's obviously something that I've worked so hard for, for such a long time, so for it to finally be here and then just to have everyone's support, it means so much," Moore said.
As the crowd gathered, everyone was reminded to keep a distance from Moore to respect her chance to compete. Many people cheered from a distance, honked car horns, and shouted well wishes during the celebration.
Moore was the 2018 - 2019 Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year as well as Field Athlete of the Year twice while in high school.
As a collegiate athlete, she was the 2020 SEC Women's Indoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year and 2020 USTFCCCA National Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year Finalist.
Moore said the Olympics being postponed helped her.
"It gave me an opportunity to get faster and stronger, which has definitely helped on the runway, and this year I [had personal records] in both my events, had two Olympic standards and made the Olympic team, so I'm very grateful that I had this extra year to prepare," Moore said.