As one door starts to close, another opens for Hayden’s Redmond
Hayden track and field athlete Jack Redmond driven to take it to the next level
Hayden — Around this time last high school track and field season, Hayden’s Jack Redmond wore a look of exhaustion.
At Moffat County’s annual invitational on April 25, 2014, Redmond slumped onto a bench near the long jump pit and lamented maxing out on squats in the weight room earlier that week. He had just leaped 18-feet-9-inches, well off his best mark in the long jump, but it was still good enough to win in Craig by 3 inches.
He was gassed, and league and state were just around the corner.
This season, Redmond is jumping on fresher legs and a renewed drive to cement his legacy as one of the Tigers’ top track athletes in quite some time.
But, in all likelihood, the remaining month of his high school career won’t be the last time he straps into track spikes.
Redmond spent last week chasing his next dream of being a collegiate student-athlete, taking a road trip to Luther College in northwest Iowa, then hitting Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the same journey.
As a lifelong athlete, he wants to prolong track just a tad longer as well as study to be an athletic trainer to ensure he’s never without sports.
“I’m looking for smaller schools, but track isn’t my main focus,” Redmond said. “I really want to focus on academics more than anything. I’m active, and athletic training is a way to keep me active in what I’m doing.”
The Tigers senior has already proven he belongs on a college track with a few of his marks this spring. In one of his first attempts in the triple jump pit at the March 13 Rifle Invitational, Redmond cleared the 41-foot mark, and his coach insists he can go even longer.
“I know he has two or three more feet in him,” Hayden coach Pat Moore said. “He’s kind of on that teetering point where if he can get that jump, and everyone knows he can, it’ll be really exciting.”
Redmond is currently ranked fifth in the state in Class 2A triple jump, less than two feet behind top-ranked Trey Zupancic, of Rye. He’s also fifth in state in long jump (20-feet, 4.5-inches), also less than two feet behind top-ranked John Broadhead, of Telluride.
He could very well be a three-event state qualifier this year, too, just a season after qualifying in only one event in 2014. Moore said Redmond’s 400-meter dash time is right around 52 seconds, which would squeeze him into the top 18 in 2A, the cutoff number for state qualifiers.
“He’s so invested in it, and it shows so purely in practice,” Moore said. “His work ethic is unbelievable, and his leadership skills have come a long way in the three years I’ve coached here.”
The Western Slope League meet is right around the corner on May 2. Sometime between now and then, Redmond said he expects to know where he’ll be attending college, just in time to make one last impression on his Hayden marks and times before he departs.
In Moore’s eyes, the senior’s attitude and drive alone are enough to fit him right in at the collegiate level. Redmond wouldn’t mind taking home some league and state hardware in the process.
“I think it’s huge at the next level to be able to conduct himself in the way he does,” Moore said. “His work ethic alone will take him really far.”
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