Blake Stewart sets school record in long jump
One reason Blake Stewart ’20 came to Wilbraham & Monson Academy for a post-graduate year was so more collegiate track & field coaches would see his talent.
Blake’s talent was on full display Jan. 15 when he set a school record in the long jump by soaring 21 feet, 10 inches in a winter track meet at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.
Blake topped his previous best of 21-7.5, which he did at a meet at Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts before winter break. Blake is undefeated in the long jump and 55-meter dash this winter track season.
Blake on why he chose to attend WMA: “I came to WMA to get more colleges to look at me for track & field and to experience all the school has to offer, such as academics and getting that college experience. I felt I wasn’t ready for college yet, and coming here has helped me understand how to do things by myself and become more independent.”
Blake on going 21-10: “Right when I landed I didn’t know if it was a bad or good jump; I really didn’t know. But when I got out of the pit I saw the distance and knew it was a good one. (When I heard the official say 21-10) I felt good because throughout the season I’ve been improving every meet in the long jump and 55 meters so it was good to hear the 21-10.”
Coach Meg Hutcheson on Blake’s ability: “Blake is an amazing athlete. His form with the long jump is beautiful. He was called by one of the long jump officials at the meet as ‘the airplane.’ He has such a talent and works really hard. He’s also a gifted sprinter. It’s been fun to watch him develop and perform.”
Blake on setting the school record: “Toward the end of the meet Ms. Hutch showed me on her phone that I had broken the school record. I didn’t know. I was happy because it felt like I was going in the right direction right now for track.”