ANDOVER — Some may be amazed by Andover star Hannah Chapman’s rapid emergence as the state’s premier triple jumper.
But not Golden Warriors coach Peter Comeau.
“I’ve been coaching Hannah since she was in fourth grade,” said Comeau. “I told everyone when she was just a kid that she was going to be a star. So I’m not surprised at all.”
Chapman proved once again that her coach’s prediction was spot-on Monday afternoon.
The Andover High sophomore took home the Eastern Mass. Division 1 state title in the triple jump with an outstanding 37-2, a jump that also gave her the Golden Warrior school record. That helped Andover take third as a team.
“My other jumps I fouled by I knew they were in the 37-foot range,” she said, “I knew I could do it. So I pushed my (starting) mark back and I finally got in a really good jump. It was awesome.”
It was quite an achievement for an athlete that, a season ago, was fifth in the MVC Meet and 10th at the Division 1 meet as a freshman.
“When you work as hard as Hannah, good things can happen,” said Comeau. “She works harder than anyone. She has elastics in those legs. Any time you can go over 37 feet in the triple jump, you are really talking about one of the elite in the state. And she is just a sophomore!”
Comeau may have predicted the tremendous step, but even Chapman says she is a bit surprised.
“If you asked me a year ago if I would be jumping 36 feet I would have said, ‘No way!’” she said. “And 37 feet was even further from my mind. But in the first dual meet of the season I jumped 36-6 and I have been shooting for the record ever since.”