The sports season isn’t over just yet for the Islanders, and here’s why.
Sashane Hanson is regarded as the most successful high jumper in Islanders track history and for good reason.
The senior from Jamaica has qualified for the NCAA championships on Saturday in Austin.
A lot of folks think she has a legitimate chance to bring back the gold medal.
Earlier this year, she jumped 6 foot and ¾ inches, a new school record. And who knows? That could be real close to the winning height this weekend.
She is obviously an outstanding jumper and provided an interesting answer to the key to generating so much height to clear the bar?
“I have a pretty good approach,” she said. “I just have to keep the same speed and increase my speed when I need to.
“I need to generate power with my curves and come off really fast because the faster you go, the more power you generate. And going over the bar, I am not the best but I am able to generate a lot of height so I don’t have to focus a whole lot on it.
“But I am trying to improve. If I can just tie everything together, it would be awesome.”
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi coach Kevin Robinson has been impressed with her growth through her career at the school.
“If she just does what she constantly does, she should medal,” Robinson said. “To win, if she jumps what she jumped earlier this year it will be close. That could be the winning height, it may take a couple of more centimeters or so but she has that in her and I think there’s a definite possibility she could come away a national champion.”
Later this month, Hanson hopes to qualify for the Pan American Games and will make a serious run at Olympic qualifying next year.
And I must tell you, the heat index was 110 degrees on the day we shot this video. She is a very dedicated athlete.