Colerain's Asberry sprints toward State
May 9, 2014By Chris Himonidis of Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
Kudos to Community Press reporter Tom Skeen on covering Jordan's journey to state.
.16 seconds last season, Colerain High School junior sprinter Jordan Asberry returned in 2014 with a chip on his shoulder.
It gave me great motivation,” Asberry said. “That’s what we’ve been saying all year; we just want to get to state. Whether that be in a relay (or) in a single event; that’s always been my goal. I missed it by a little last year so this year I’m trying extra hard to get there.”
After running a 11.36 in the 100-meter dash at districts last season, the junior boasts a time top of 11.03 this season.
“I’m doing pretty good,” Asberry said assessing his season thus far. “I’ve medaled in almost every event I’ve ran in which is pretty good, but we’re just trying to get in stride and make sure we do our best later in the season at regionals and state.”
The junior’s biggest competition in the 100 comes from a guy down the road at Northwest High School with whom Asberry is very familiar in DeVohn Jackson. The two have been running against each other since Asberry was in seventh grade, and while the two have traded blows over the years, Jackson bested Asberry by .18 seconds at the Best of the West meet May 8 at Oak Hills High School.
“We know each other real well,” said Asberry, who also plays football for Colerain and finished the 2013 season with six touchdowns and nearly 500 yards rushing. “We actually help each other. Either he chases me or I chase him, so in a way we’re both making ourselves better by both trying to make it to the next level.”
Asberry also runs the 200-meter dash as well as being a part of the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams. Both relay teams return three of the four runners from last season’s district qualifying teams. Asberry believes that continuity gives his guys a leg up over the competition.
“It’s really good actually,” he said. “We’re all familiar with each other, we know our speeds, we know our weaknesses and we just bring each other in. Most of these other teams are getting three or four new guys and we have three of our guys back, so that gives us an advantage over most teams.”
Admittedly Asberry is a football-first guy, but his future in track is bright. He’s dropped more than a half second from both his 100 and 200 times and has his relay teams in position to make a postseason run.
“The upperclassmen, people on my relay team like Hosea Murphy, Elijah Campbell, Maurice Middleton and last year Finest Johnson. They just helped push me through telling me to go as fast as I can. They pushed me to be better.”