[Girls Track & Field: Jasmine Brown, DeKalb]
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For the 40 days leading up to the state track and field finals Jasmine Brown did everything right.
The DeKalb senior never skipped a workout, didn’t cut anything short and changed her diet, eating more servings of vegetables, drinking lots of water and forgoing soda.
“My jump coach [Chuck Schramm] found this little writing in one of his books,” Brown said. “It was all these things that happened in the Bible in a 40-day period.”
The number “40” was special to Brown . It was motivational and a number she never lost sight of.
At the beginning of the year she set her season goal to jump 40 feet in the triple jump. It seemed more within reach after winning the indoor Prep Top Times meet in March with a mark of 39 feet, 9 inches.
In a dominating senior season, Brown didn’t lose a single meet in the triple jump and entered the state meet in May as the overwhelming favorite. Even with the burden of expectations, Brown delivered, jumping 39-11.75 and winning the Class 3A triple jump state title to go along with a third-place finish in the long jump.