Raiders earn top five finishes at Gator Invitational

Rain was falling one day at track practice, and because of it, Daniel Oskarsson couldn’t high jump.

He decided to start long jumping for the heck of it, not thinking it would lead to anything more.

“We can’t (high) jump when it rains, so I went and messed around at the long jump pit,” Oskarsson said. “The coach said, ‘You are jumping in the meet Saturday.’”

This is his first season competing in the long jump, but he continues to high jump as well. He’s having success in both events.

“I feel really good about the way things are going,” Oskarsson said. “I had my best jump of the year this week. It didn’t feel like I did.”

That jump he registered Saturday at the Gator Invitational at Sherman Robinson Stadium in Pensacola was 19-feet-4 3/4 inches, a little over a foot better than his jump at the Tiger Invitational a week earlier.

The junior placed 11th in the long jump and came through with a 5-7 3/4 leap in the high jump, taking sixth in that event.

Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press for 30 days free.

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