Kennedy Brown has reached new heights for American Canyon – Times-Herald
Kennedy Brown still has her senior year ahead of her. Behind her are broken school records in athletics.
Brown is in the process of rewriting the school report at American Canyon High School, having already obtained marks for the triple jump and the long jump during his freshman year.
She is also a nominee for Times-Herald Female Athlete of the Year.
Brown’s record triple jump mark was 34-foot-3 in his first attempt at the Fred Faucett Invitational.
This mark is now the best in the Vine Valley Athletic League, according to athletic.net. The top scorer in the North Shore section is St. Mary’s Julia Alexander, who has a 37-9 2/3, according to the same site.
“When I did the jump for the first time, I didn’t think I had the record. I thought I was a little further back,” Brown said. “But then I saw the reactions of the coaches and I saw my mum’s face when they announced what the mark was. Then I knew I had it.
Brown said her parents convinced her to do the triple jump during her freshman year. It was good advice.
“It was a tough race to do at first, but I put in a lot of work,” Brown said. “I had to work on having a good mindset and doing a lot of strength and conditioning.”
Brown would later break the school long jump record in the Vine Valley Athletic League Finals. She jumped 16 feet 10 2/3 inches and broke Taylor Crowder’s old record. She finished third in the varsity women’s event.
“It took a lot of hard work to be good at the long jump. I had to learn to put more pressure on my jumping knee and use it as a strength point,” Brown said. “It felt good when I broke that record.”
At the North Coast Section of Champions Tournament in Dublin, Brown took fourth place in the women’s triple jump with a peak mark of 36-foot-2.
Brown also competed in the 100 hurdles and ran a leg on the 4-by-100 relay team.
Brown said her coaches suggested she try the jumping events this year because her progress in the running events suggested she might be successful.
“They really encouraged me to believe in myself,” she said. “My teammates also helped me a lot. They told me to try to break the record this year.
She said of the two show jumping events, the long jump is more of a challenge.
“The long jump is quite difficult because you’re going vertically,” she said. “With the triple jump, you push.”
Brown also played volleyball during the year, excelling as a center blocker for Wolves. She had 89 kills during the year and was second on the team with 18 blocks as Wolves went 15-11 overall and 6-7 in the league.
“Jumping as a middle blocker in volleyball helps me with athletics because by the time athletics start I already have the leg strength I need,” Brown said. “I just use it in a different way.”
Brown comes from a very athletic family. His father was the longtime coach of the boys teams and briefly the girls teams at Vallejo High. His older sister, Devanique, was a track and field star in Vallejo and San Francisco State. Kennedy said she gets a lot of good advice from both of them, especially from Devanique, who served as an assistant coach at Vallejo last season.
“My mom, my dad and my sister helped me a lot,” Kennedy said. “They tell me to always work on my consistency. You have to have a good state of mind and always work to improve.
“(Devanique) helped me with my strides, especially on the second and third jumps,” Kennedy continued. “She also helped me with my recoveries.”
Brown said she plans to compete in both volleyball and track and field next year and has big plans.
“By the end of next season, I want to jump 39 feet and maybe 40 in the triple jump,” Kennedy Brown said. “I also want to jump 18 feet in the long jump by the end of next season.”