Groundbreaking on new long jump pit December 2

Thomas Barrett, Spartan Chronicle

SaJHS now has a new long jump pit, thanks to Ethan Mayfield, a Sophomore at Salem Hills High School, as well as many volunteers from our school and the community. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, December 2. Three SaJHS students “broke in” the pit by practicing a run down the newly constructed asphalt path. Ethan estimated about 500 hours of work has been put into the project. Coach Blachard expressed his thanks to Ethan, and stated that this double long jump pit will help our track team practices immensely.

Our new long jump pit has a 2-pits and a asphalt path. The runner runs down the track, and then tries to jump the longest amount of area. They then land in the pit. The double pit allows 2 long jump competitors to practice at the same time. 

However, they haven’t been able to practice these events as much, because only Salem Hills has the facilities to compete in these events. Coach Blanchard said: “It makes sense to have track and field facilities because they are so popular at our school.” Thus the long jump has arrived at our school. Our school hopes to also have a shot put and discus area soon within the year.