The way that Greece Arcadia high jumper Asia McInnis explains it, she hit a ceiling.
McInnis advanced to the high school outdoor track and field state championships this past spring, the end of her sophomore year. She finished sixth among girls from Division I or large schools in the high jump.
A good result, but not one that has moved her from a decision to join a track club for the first time this summer. McInnis also is a member of Arcadia’s indoor team and plays volleyball in the fall.
“After awhile, I was stuck at the heights of 5 feet-3 inches or 5-4,” McInnis said. “I wanted to go higher, I just couldn’t.
“The summer felt too long (away from track) especially not doing track in the fall.”
McInnis is among the local athletes, including teammates at the Flower City Track Club, who have advanced to the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships July 27-Aug. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla. Rush-Henrietta rising junior Sammy Watson are among about 25 Rochester Running Rebels also headed to the Junior Olympics, Watson won the girls 800-meter dash at the World Youth Championships in Colombia, the 2015 Democrat and Chronicle Indoor and Outdoor Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
A two-time Section V classification champion, McInnis will compete in three events in the 15-16 year old age group during the Junior Olympics.
McInnis was the age group champion in the high jump and runner-up in the triple jump, during a Junior Olympic regional meet July 9 at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. She set a personal-record with a triple jump of 34-6 and also ran a leg on a first-place 1,600-meter relay.
“I’ve got a new approach for the high jump,” McInnis said. “We’ve added more distance so I can get more in to the run-up to the bar. I was willing to try it.
” I think with more practice and help from the coaches, I can see the new approach helping me reach new heights.”