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Pacifica’s Black on the cusp of reaching her goals

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© Troy Harvey/VC Star
Jazzelena Black of Pacifica High School makes a jump during the long jump held during a track meet held at Rio Mesa High School Thursday afternoon. Oxnard, Ca., March 22, 2012. © Troy Harvey/VC Star

Jazzelena Black has gotten within a tongue’s length of tasting her track and field goals, but still remains tantalizingly short of them.

A quarter-inch was all that kept her as a Pacifica High sophomore from advancing from the CIF-Southern Section finals to the Masters meet. As a junior last year, a quarter-inch was all kept Black from advancing from the Masters meet to the state meet.

In addition to that, Black turned in a triple jump of 39 feet, 1½ inches last year in a meet against host Oxnard. That distance would have given her the all-time Ventura County record, breaking the mark of 39-0 set by Thousand Oaks’ Sharon Manship in 1987. But because the wind was not measured at the meet, the jump was not legal, and one of the oldest records in the county books still stands.

Needless to say, Black’s goal in 2012 is to knock down every barrier that has stood in her way in the past and to make a name for herself on the county, state and national levels.

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