Rock Creek senior Naimah Slaughter had a sensational season that ended with a bang.
“It was pretty great,” Slaughter said. “I started it off kind of bumpy, but then went to state and broke my long jump record three times in a row and then tied my high jump record, which was 5-6. So it was pretty good.”
At the Jeffersonville Sectional, she won the long jump (17-feet, 5 1/2-inches) while also finishing third in the high jump and the 200.
Then at the Bloomington North Regional, Slaughter took third in the long jump, third in the high jump and 11th in the 200.
She, however, saved her best performances for the IHSAA State Finals.
After fouling on her first two jumps, Slaughter went 18-0 1/2 and 18-5 1/2 on consecutive leaps. Then, after going 17-2 1/2 on her fifth jump, she leaped 18-7 3/4 on her final attempt to finish third. She also took sixth in the high jump, clearing 5-6, to earn a pair of trips to the podium.
“It was really exciting and it’s the best I’ve done so far. I placed twice, got myself on the podium, that was my goal,” she said. “I had some people from school come support me, so they were really excited as well.”
Slaughter plans on continuing her track & field career at the next level.
“I plan on to continue running track in college, either at Bellarmine or IUPUI, and I plan on majoring in physical therapy,” she said.