Dittrich finds that in track, ‘it’s just you’
Explosive JM junior focusing on trip
to state meet
By Pat Ruff
The hint that Jasmine Dittrich belonged in track and field came on the softball diamond and the basketball court.
"I was stealing a lot of bases in softball," said the Rochester John Marshall junior. "And in basketball, I seemed to always be the one getting to loose balls."
These days, Dittrich seems to always be the one winning races, and jumps.
She was at it again Saturday in the six-team Mayo Invitational. The lean, 5-foot-11, all-around sports standout won the 200-meter dash and triple jump, as well as landed second in the 100 and long jump.
And to think that Dittrich didn’t grow up knowing she had explosive legs.
"When I started stealing all those bases, I kind of started to realize that I would be good in track," she said.
Dittrich has gone from getting some satisfaction from track and field to now ranking it as possibly her favorite sport. The junior is also a varsity starter on the JM volleyball and basketball teams, showing clear college potential in the former.
No doubt, she also has college skills in track and field — she discovered that as she became more serious about it during the last two years.
"With track, you get out of it what you put into it," said the personable Dittrich, who won the 200 in 26.71 and the triple jump at 34 feet, 8 inches.
The 26.71 was a personal best. She did that despite having to fight through a stiff, cool wind.
JM girls track and field coach Pam Davick has seen her prized junior devote more and more of herself to the sport the last two years. She’s also seen Dittrich get more serious about life in general.
"Jasmine is emotionally handling everything better," Davick said. "She has just turned everything around, especially in school. But she’s being more successful in athletics, too."
What Dittrich wants to get out of track and field this season is a trip to the state meet. After her JM basketball team finished one win away from state this past year, Dittrich is hungrier than ever to get there.
In track and field, she knows she’ll have no excuses. It is an individual sport, and in some key ways, she likes that.
"Sometimes team chemistry is there in sports like volleyball and basketball and sometimes it’s not," Dittrich said. "In track and field, you don’t have to worry about that, because it’s just you. I kind of like that."
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