Derion Taylor doesn’t like losing. So the College of San Mateo freshman produced a personal-best triple jump of 48 feet, 7 1/2 inches on his final attempt to win the Northern California Community College title Friday night at American River College in Sacramento.
The freshman equaled his personal best of 47-5 in the fifth round to take the lead — briefly. But favored Ka Wai Ng of De Anza responded with a jump of 48-0 3/4.
“I thought about what I needed to do after that,” said Taylor. “It was a competition, and I don’t like losing.”
Taylor, who had jumped 47-5 to win the Central Coast Section title for Evergreen Valley last year, composed himself for his final jump. He had a “perfect” tailwind of exactly 2.0 meters per second, just at the allowable limit to get the win on his sixth attempt — although missing the CSM school record by a half-inch.
That will be his target in the state finals next weekend at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster.
|Derion has transferred to College of San Mateo|