Sylla Named Gazette Indoor Track & Field Player of the Year

ARHS senior Jericho “JJ” Sylla, has been named Boys Indoor Track and Field Player of the Year by the Hampshire Daily Gazette.

2015-16 season highlights: Finished fourth in the long jump in 21 feet, 6¾ at New Englands. Placed first at 21-10½ to win the long jump at All-States. Was second in the event with a jump of 21 feet at the state Division 3 championship meet. Won the long jump in 21-3¼ at the PVIAC championship.

Sylla on winning at All-States: “It was a good feeling. I was pretty confident heading into states regardless of being seeded seventh. I went out there and jumped well, and it felt good to win.”

Sylla on his senior season: “There was definitely some extra motivation. I wanted to end my senior year on a high note. I worked hard to get faster and stronger, and it felt good to end my indoor career on top.”

Coach David Thompson on Sylla’s work ethic: “Jericho started the season off eager to get off on the right foot for the long jump. He put in the time in the weight room to help him get bigger, faster and stronger, which really worked out for him in the jumps.”

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