published: Friday, March 15, 2013
Jessy Page makes her presence known in discus event
FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer
Jessy Page has been throwing the discus for little more than a year.
Despite her relative inexperience, the South Lake High School freshman has already made her presence known in the event.
Page set a personal best in the discus March 7 at the Hawks on the Hill Invitational at Minneola Trail Head Park with a throw of 110 feet, 1/4 inch. The throw was good enough to win the event by nearly a foot.
Umatilla's Leanna Bryant was second with a throw of 109-1.
"We're proud of what she's done," said Page's father, John. "She's just a freshman so that it makes it that much more special. She received a announcement at school by (principal Rob McCue) for breaking the school record.
"Hopefully, others will want to join the track team because of her success."
Page's winning throw also broke South Lake's school record by nine feet. The previous mark had stood for 12 years, said John Page.
Two days later, Page finished fourth in the discus at the prestigious Lake Highland Track and Field Elite Classic in Orlando with a throw of 98-4. She trailed Rockledge's Tayla Greene (134-4), Mount Dora Bible's Jessie Hiteshew (107-5) and Orlando Lake Nona's Jalisa Swift (104-2).
Page's personal best is less than 10 feet away from earning a spot on MileSplit's US Second Team. MileSplit, based in Longwood, is considered one of the nation's premier clearing houses for high school track and field.
Page is not restricted to the discus. According to her father, she also competes in the Shot Put and has also thrown the Hammer.
Her best distance in the Shot Put is 25-2, which she established Feb. 19 at the Lake Brantley Developmental Meet, at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs. Page's personal best was good enough for a seventh-place finish.
The Lake Brantley meet was her first competition in high school.
In that same meet, Page threw the Discus 85-21/2 to finish fourth. She has not finished lower than ninth in the Discus at any high-school meet this season.
Page's best finish came in the Shot Put was the Lake Brantley Development Meet.
"Jessy currently ranks 35th out of 400 high-school girl throwers in the state," John Page said. "Not too shabby for a freshman."
In addition, Page also is active in South Lake's NROTC program.