Aldine ISD Magazine: The 411, RaShaun Jackson
The senior reached the District 13-14 Area Meet this season in the long jump, high jump, 300-meter, and 110-meter hurdles. He finished second, third, fifth, and sixth, respectively, advancing to the Regional Meet in the long jump and high jump for the second time in his career.
In the jumps, Jackson set new personal records in 2021, clearing 22-feet-2 inches in the long jump in March and 6-feet-7 inches in the high jump at the District 14-6A Championships.
VYPE caught up with Jackson at the Aldine ISD Spring Media Day to get the 411 on the super jumper.
VYPE: Talk about this season and how it went for you.
JACKSON: "This season was nice; it was my last year and I got to excel the way I wanted to. I feel like I accomplished something I've always wanted my entire life."
VYPE: What do you mean by accomplishing something?
JACKSON: "I've run track since I was five or six. It showed me doing something all my life really does pay off."
VYPE: MacArthur is one of the power programs in Houston. What does it mean to you to pull on this uniform?
JACKSON: "MacArthur has always been known for track and for me to be here all four years and win [a District Championship] three out of four years, it was a great accomplishment. I've had a great time here. Ever since my freshman year, I've been hanging with all the varsity runners and jumpers. It's been great."
VYPE: What has been one of your best events?
JACKSON: "High jump, I've excelled at that the most in my life. That was the reason I was on varsity my freshman year because of high jump. That was the year I made it to Regionals."
VYPE: How did you figure out that you were good at high jump?
JACKSON: "When I was younger, I played basketball and I was always able to jump higher than everyone. I was also taller than everyone else in my school. I just kind of developed it. When I was 11, that is when they started letting kids do high jump in track. I just started from there and kept going."
VYPE: With you being a senior, talk about your leadership this season?
JACKSON: "I can tell I've pushed the team far past wherever they thought they could have gone. If we ever slack off at practice, I am always the one saying pick it up. I can tell I've put a drive in some of my teammates."