Friday Harbor’s Gurushinge closes in on school triple-jump record | Track & Field

  • Tue Apr 12th, 2011 6:27pm
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Friday Harbor senior Dasuni Gurushinge takes the baton from teammate Mandy Turnbull in the final leg of the 2 x 400 relay at the four-team track and field meet March 30 in Friday Harbor. The Wolverines finished second

Now with something to shoot for, Friday Harbor senior Dasuni Gurushinge is starting to believe in broken records. 

With a jump of 30’ 10.5”, the final of three at Friday Harbor’s home meet March 28, Gurushinge landed just three feet short of the school record. 

And that was on a bad ankle, and with another six or so inches to spare at the take-off line. 

“I did better than I expected,” Gurushinge said. “I’d never really done the triple jump before this season so I never had a goal. Then I saw the record.” 

Gurushinge is no one trick pony, not by a long shot. She also competes in the 100 meter dash, taking first place March 28, and on the 2-x-400 meter relay team. 

With four regular-season meets yet to come, though none at home, and with the post-season still ahead, Head Coach Darrin Scheffer believes Gurushinge has a good shot at etching her name into the record books. 

“She’s been coming on strong,” he said. “I think she’s got good chance.” 

— Scott Rasmussen