It was just a matter of time. Anyone who had the fortune of watching Kaprecia “Shy” Cowans dominate the competition the last two years of her high school track and field career at JHHS knew that one day she would do the same on the collegiate level. That day has arrived!
On Saturday, the multiple Jackson Parish and JHHS record holder soared 5.89 meters in the long jump at the Southeastern Strawberry Relays in Hammond, LA to win for the first time in her first collegiate career.
The distance, which converted from meters to feet, equals 19′ 3.24″ is the best Cowans has recorded since her leap of 19′ 6″ at the 1-1A District Track Meet in 2018, which set a new district record that still stands today. Her best leap in collegiate competition prior to Saturday came in 2019 at the LSU Invitational where she went 18′ 8″. This season 17 feet has been her best mark.
How did Cowans improve her all time collegiate best by over 8 inches and season best by almost two and a half feet?
“A couple of weeks ago our coaches put me back to running sprints as well as jumping,” said Cowans. “That really helped my speed on the runway,”
Cowans also believes there is another reason.
“In high school I started to do better in my third year and now I am doing the same here,” reflected Cowans. “It was just a matter of time.”
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