Local star Jah Strange is no stranger to success in athletics.
Strange was a former KESQ student-athlete of the week, earning honors as a track and field star at Xavier Prep. He graduated in 2016.
As a prep athlete, Strange dominated in the desert but also in the state. He was a two-time California state meet qualifier in the triple jump, earning three CIF-SS individual championships.
After stints at Sacramento State and Purdue, Strange just graduated at Kansas State where he jumped for the Wildcats.
Six Wildcats to represent #KStateTF at U.S. Olympic Trials— K-State Track (@KStateTFXC) June 17, 2021
Janee' Kassanavoid, Taylor Latimer, Ashley Petr, Jah Strange, Logan Wolfley, and two-time Olympian Erik Kynard.
📄 https://t.co/X6MbkBfZaJ@usatf x #TrackFieldTrials21 pic.twitter.com/UzvGtl4qkE
Now he's hoping he can jump for team USA as an Olympic athlete.
Strange is trying to make the team in the triple-jump, one of the field events part of the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Strange arrived via plane on Thursday night. He is expected to go through COVID-19 testing on Friday before a chance of a lifetime on Saturday.
Strange doing his thang! @JahStrange just touched down in Oregon for the @usatf Olympic Trials at @uoregon. He competes in the triple-jump prelims on Saturday. We wish him all the best! @KESQ @XCPAthletics @TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/Qw9ABn8XYi— Blake Arthur (@BlakeArthur24) June 18, 2021
Strange competed in the prelims Saturday, finishing in 10th with a 16.10m performance. He advances to compete in the finals on Monday, June 21.
You can follow along online at their website but be sure to stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for more on this developing story.
Good luck, Jah!