Athlete of the Year: Female Jumper

DREW NASH • TIMES-NEWS Canyon Ridge's Marney Tripp is one of the female track and field athletes of the year Monday, June 2, 2014, in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — Marney Tripp had two jumps left to make it happen.

She trailed Preston jumper Olivia Seamons in the finals of the 4A girls triple jump, but on her penultimate jump uncorked a leap of 37 feet, 3.25 inches. It was less than three inches better than Seamons had managed to that point.

Then, more waiting.

“I just gave it my best jump and whatever happened was going to happen,” said Tripp, the Times-News female track and field jumper of the year. “I had to wait for two of her jumps, and I was really nervous. My friend Rebecca Child (of Minico, who finished third) was there waiting with me, and when they called out (Seamons’) final jump and it was short, we both started jumping up and down.”

It was the pinnacle of a season, and prep career, that excelled in front of, as well as beyond, the view of coaches and other athletes.

Tripp took multiple dual-credit or college classes during her senior year, to give herself a head start when she goes to college.

“Sometimes that meant that I had to finish up my class work and complete the (track) workouts on my own,” Tripp said. “But everyone was so supportive, from my parents and friends to coaches and teammates. I wouldn’t have been able to do it (without them).”

Tripp kept the 4A triple-jump title in-house at Canyon Ridge, as former teammate Kayla Lee won it in 2012 and 2013.

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She held the No. 1 ranking heading into the state tournament and didn’t disappoint. She also finished third in the long jump, again maintaining her pre-meet seeding.

“I checked Athletic.net (an online track and field results hub) sometimes during the season to see where I was at,” Tripp said. “I knew it was going to be close. I set my personal best (in the triple jump) at the district meet, and I wish I would have had a better jump at state, but that’s how any athlete’s going to feel even if they win.”

Tripp said she is talking to Idaho State and BYU about joining the track team, probably after she completes a church mission.

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