Promise Cross, a Rowan County Lady Vikings three-sport athlete, continues to add diversity with each year at RCSHS.
Cross has notoriously excelled during the track season at high jump for the past three years, but has since added long jump, 300 hurdles and triple jump to her accomplishments.
“I think it has added to the fun. I am starting to learn to love a lot of other events like triple jump and 300 hurdle,” said Cross. “ I didn’t think I would be as good at them, but more competition and more events have made me push myself that much harder.”
Cross is only a junior at RCSHS and currently is the record holder in all four events.
She set the high jump record in 2017 with a jump of 5-06 at the Morgan County All-Comers Meet. She has since matched her record-breaking height of 5-06 but not broken it during the high school season. She has her eyes set on 5-07.
Cross has a personal best of 5-09 that she jumped at the Bluegrass State games. Her 5-09 jump qualified her to compete at last year’s national meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Cross set the school’s long jump record and the 300 meter hurdles record last season after adding them last season. She holds the long jump record with 17-06 jumped at the Mason County Royal Rumble and set the current 300 meter hurdles record of 46.84 at the state meet. She finished second in the 300 meter hurdles, first in the long jump and sixth in the long jump last May.
Cross has just recently started triple jumping and has excelled.
“I tried triple jump for the first time at the Mason County meet and I was surprisingly really good at it,” said Cross.
Cross recently had a spectacular showing at one of the state’s biggest meets, Eastern Relays. She placed in all four events and set the school record in triple jump with a jump of 34-09.75.
The conditions were less than ideal as Cross spent most of Saturday’s meet standing in the rain, but despite the tough conditions Cross finished first in the triple jump, second in the high jump, second in the long jump, and fifth in the 300 meter hurdles.
“The conditions were tough and I didn’t think I performed at my greatest, but I did finish a lot better than I expected I would,” said Cross.
Cross jumped 5-04 in her running shoes.
“My high jump shoes weren’t broken in for the conditions, so I had to jump in my running shoes. There were puddles everywhere and it just wasn’t working out,” said Cross.
She jumped 17.00.25 just behind Paige Floriea’s winning jump of 17-00.75 and ran a time of 48.41 in the hurdles.