“I haven’t really done anything with the triple jump since last summer,” Gray said. “I only triple-jumped twice during indoors before this meet. I did as many drills as I could around the fieldhouse. For that reason, I wasn’t really nervous. This spring is more important when I’ll be able to practice.”
Last spring, Gray made a major impact in her first outdoor season. She was the Independent Schools Track Association state champion in the long jump and triple jump, and she placed second in the 100-meter hurdles. At New England Championships, she won the triple jump and set a meet record. She holds The Governor’s Academy school record in the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter hurdles.
“I think barring injury, she has the ability to jump at a Division 1 level in college,” Long said. “Depending on how much she improves through college, she could potentially be jumping at an international level. With the distance she puts up now, she could be competitive in a college meet already, and she’s only a sophomore in high school.”
Gray, who maintains a 4.0 GPA, plans to continue her track career in college. Her sister, Maddie, a volleyball player at The Governor’s Academy, will attend University of San Diego next fall. Mackenzie plans to follow her sister to the West Coast when the time comes.
“Both of us have always wanted to go to California for college,” Gray said. “It’s warm out there, and we’ve wanted to get out of the cold New England weather all of our lives. I haven’t put much thought into an actual school, but I want to do track in college.”