Over the past decade there have been quite a few awesome performances in the horizontal jumps in Virginia. This has included having national champions, national class records and all four state outdoor records being set.
What we wanted to look at though was not how Virginia is becoming one of the strongest states for horizontal jumps (long and triple) but if there were any schools that were just better than others at consistently having these great jumpers.
The first thing that stood out to us after looking at the top 500 performances from the past decade was the sheer dominance of the 757. Even if you took out the Western Branch and Nansemond River powerhouses you would still find more elite performances in the 757 than any other area.
Here are the top five schools for each jump based on the number of athletes that they have had ranked inside the top 500 over the past decade.
|RAnk||Boys LJ||Girls LJ||Boys TJ||Girls TJ|
|1st||Western Branch (14)||Western Branch (27)||Western Branch (14)||Western Branch (19)|
|2nd||Grassfield (10)||Phoebus / Nansemond River (10)||Lousia/Highland Springs (8)||South County (13)|
|3rd||Phoebus/First Colonial/LCA (8)||Hampton / Grassfield (8)||Bethel/Thomas Dale (7)||Thomas Dale (12)|
|4th||L.C. Bird / Highland Springs (7)||Manchester / Lousia (7)||First Colonial/Landstown/E.C. Glass (6)||Manchester (9)|
|5th||Louisa/Oscar Smith/Thomas Dale/Ocean Lakes / Tallwood (6)||Maury / Stone Bridge (6)||South Lakes / LCA (5)||Phoebus (7)|
The big winners here are Western Branch with 74 (or 3.7%) athletes making these lists. Behind them some other teams showing success across the board are Grassfield, Thomas Dale, Louisa, Phoebus, Oscar Smith, Highland Springs, and Manchester to name a few.
Aside from great coaches and athletes the only thing that can really explain this stronghold in the 757 would be the high level of competition. To win down there you may have to jump 50' while in other parts of the state you could get by with a 45'.
Each part of the state and even different programs have their strong suits. When it comes to horizontal jumps though you cannot disagree that over the past decade the 757 is the place to be and that Western Branch has been the jumps high school.
Past Decade's Top 500 LJ/TJ Rankings: Boys - Girls