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Junior shines at districts, claims berths to two state tournaments despite 'chaotic' schedule

COURTESY PHOTO: DAN STUMP - Jake Stump, holding racket, finished fourth alongside doubles partner Joel Moffat during the MHC Tennis District Tournament. A Barlow junior didn't have much time to celebrate his success on the tennis court — he had to hop in his car, grab his spikes and get over to the track for warmups.

Jacob Stump is taking on a rare feat for a high schooler, competing at the highest level in two sports during the spring season. He secured spots in the state championships for both tennis and track and field by shining at two different district tournaments against the region's best competition.

First he placed fourth alongside his tennis doubles partner Joel Moffat at the Mt. Hood Conference Boys Tennis District Tournament, which concluded Wednesday morning, May 11, after a series of rounds. Then, later that afternoon, he won the boys high jump at the Mt. Hood Conference Track & Field District Championships, hosted at Barlow High.

"I didn't expect to do as well as I did in the high jump because I had played five matches in three days, and two that same morning," Stump said. "I knew it was possible, but didn't know it would be the best jumps of my life."

"I've been tired all season, but I've made it work," he added.

Stump won the high jump by clearing 6-foot-1, a personal record in the event he has competed in since the seventh grade.

"What helps is by playing tennis I don't have to warm up, I am ready to jump," he said.

In tennis, Stump and Moffat were competing as the No. 3 seed. Their final match was a hard-fought contest against Central Catholic's John Morris and Jonah Black to claim fourth place and secure a spot in state.

To get there Stump and Moffat beat Gresham's Jesse Gonzalez and Conner Pancheri 6-0 and 6-0 in round one; David Douglas' Jacob Ngo and Brandon Chu 6-1 and 6-2; Central's Daniel Woods and Colin Scales 6-0, 2-6 and 9-7; before falling in the semifinals to their Barlow teammates Hudson Pate and Hayden de la Cruz in two sets. Pate and de la Cruz went on to finish second.

"Tennis has always been in my DNA — my grandpa played at Multnomah during college and my mom won districts in doubles as a (high school) senior," Stump said. "Tennis has been a priority for me because I want to keep getting better."

The doubles team is optimistic about the state tennis tournament, though Stump said they will be facing some stiff competition. It is likely the duo will be slotted into the consolation bracket, which means their final matches will be on Friday, May 20. That would leave Stump just enough time to get down to Hayward Field, in Eugene, for the high jump on Saturday.

"My goal is to make the top-8 and set a new PR at 6-foot-2," he said.

What makes his performance in the high jump even more impressive is that with his busy schedule, Stump hasn't been able to practice the last three weeks. With the poor weather, Barlow tennis has been training at Cascade Athletic Club, which takes him too far away from the track to get any jumps in. Earlier in the year, with nicer weather, he could walk across campus and get in a few reps.

"With my coaches, I am able to make little adjustments during meets," he said.

And while his spring sports schedule would leave most heads spinning, for Stump it is actually a little less jammed than last season.

"Last year, with COVID, basketball overlapped with the spring sports," he said. "So even though this has been chaotic, last year was even worse."

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