Instead of jumping into sand, athletes will jump into water.
The idea sprouted with a group of Kodiak coaches, because the long jump pit at Joe Floyd Track and Field is still covered in ice and snow and is not ready for today and Saturday’s meet against Palmer.
“It was obvious we weren’t going to get to do the long jump and triple jump and I felt bad for those kids who do those events,” Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar said.
So the water jump was born.
“Instead of jumping into a pit they are going to use the pool,” Kodiak Community Pool manager Corey Gronn said. “Somehow we are going to try to rig up some lines with water noodles to measure how far they jump.”
The approach into the water will not be as long as the traditional long jump approach, but Dunbar is predicting jumps of up to 16 feet.
“They are not going to get a full approach and won’t be able to come in full speed,” Dunbar said.
The nuts and bolts of the event are still being figured out, but Dunbar is looking forward to watching the splashes. The event is 11 a.m. Saturday.
“If everybody has a good time and nobody gets hurt we could do it again,” he said.
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