‘I Never Imagined It Would End in a State Championship’

Yelm’s Trevontay Smith Reflects on His Triple Jump Win

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/21/22

After winning the 3A state championship in the triple jump competition, Yelm’s Trevontay Smith had a chance to reflect on his overall performance at the 3A state tournament in late …

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‘I Never Imagined It Would End in a State Championship’

Yelm’s Trevontay Smith Reflects on His Triple Jump Win

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After winning the 3A state championship in the triple jump competition, Yelm’s Trevontay Smith had a chance to reflect on his overall performance at the 3A state tournament in late May.

After a three year hiatus from track, Smith returned to the sport this year. During spring break, several of Smith’s coaches asked him to come to practices to compete in the triple jump event.

After joining the team for a couple of practices, which saw Smith working on his speed for sprints and form for the triple jump, he felt he was a right fit and decided to stick it out for the season.

“When they approached me to join, they saw a lot of potential in my natural form and had me start working on it,” Smith said.

In his first meet attempt of the year against Capital and North Thurston, Smith jumped 38 feet, 7 inches, which was good enough for first place in the meet. Then on April 20, Smith improved his distance by 3 feet, 6 inches with a jump of 42 feet, 1 inch against Gig Harbor.

Smith continued to set new personal records throughout the season, including a jump of 43 feet, 8.75 inches at the 62nd annual Shelton Invitational. That new personal record held for Smith until he reached the 3A District Meet on May 20, where he broke his former PR with a new jump of 44 feet, 10 inches.

Then, in the 3A State Championship Track and Field meet at Mount Tahoma High School on May 28, Smith finally achieved the moment he practiced so hard for when he won the state championship in triple jump.

“It felt really good to win the state championship. I did track mostly for fun and never took it that seriously (during middle school),” Smith said. “During high school, I didn’t participate in track my freshman or sophomore year because I played AAU basketball during the track season.”



Leading into his winning jump, Smith felt nervous. He said his nerves came from his competitive nature and his desire to win.

“When I joined track late in the season this year, I never imagined it would end in a state championship,” Smith said. “But I’m really happy that the coaches convinced me to come out and that I was able to help the track team and their successes this year.”

Smith said he was happy with his first jump and knew he had a chance to take the championship home. He also felt relieved to get the nerves out of the way.

Moving forward, the incoming senior has several goals for his track and field career. Smith wants to break Yelm’s all-time record for triple jump, which was set by Charles Grimmer in 1996. Grimmer jumped 44 feet, 11.75 inches, which is less than 2 inches more than Smith’s current personal record. Smith also wants to become the best not only in 3A, but the entire state for triple jump.

Smith thanked several of his biggest supporters for helping him along the way. That included coach Phil Lonborg for “coaching me, helping me with my form and tweaking things to help me improve each jump (and) for believing in me.”

Then, he thanked coach Chris Stovall for “helping me and believing in me.”

Smith also thanked his family for believing in him throughout the entirety of the season and for always showing up to support him at his events.           

Outside of track, Smith is a member of the Yelm High School football and basketball teams. In football, Smith plays cornerback and wide receiver. On the hardwood, he is a shifty point guard that can score in high volumes.

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