Trying to balance school while participating in three different sports, Evans High School’s Jasmine Stone is literally kept on the run.
“I actually started running cross country last year, my sophomore year,” said Stone. “I did basketball and then I went straight into track.”
It turned out she was pretty good at all three.
In her first year, Stone finished 47th at the state cross country championships, was a Region 2-AAAA honorable mention basketball player and qualified for the 800-meter run at the AAAA state track meet.
Cross country coach Mike Lennox saw something in her when she first came out last year.
“At the beginning of the season, I knew she had capabilities, possibilities,” Lennox said. “Sure enough at the end of the season, she beat my No. 1 runner (Jackie Ramos) at that point in time in the cross country state championships. She felt bad doing it because they’re such close friends.”
The pair, both juniors, have known each other since fifth grade and the friendship helps the competitive spirit.
“We are best friends, neighbors, we love running together,” Stone said. “We push each other constantly. So we’re both getting better and closer.”
Stone has been playing basketball for years.
“I started playing when I was 5, actually,” she said. “My brother Chris plays and my dad helps me train all the time, so he really gets me into it.”
Her brother is a 14-year-old freshman at Evans.
“He’s fine and we get along pretty good, so I like seeing him around school,” Stone said.
Family runs through Stone’s sports career.
“We’re also really close on the basketball team, so it’s like having two families,” Stone said. “Your cross country family and your basketball family. I have a track family also. We all get along great, every team. So it’s awesome.”
Her reasons for liking running and basketball are virtually identical.
“I just like seeing myself get better as the season goes on and you also get to see each person on your team improve, which is great,” Stone said of running. “I love team sports because you get to see the team improve and actually get better as the season progresses,” she said of basketball.
At her busiest time, cross country overlaps with basketball, yet she still finds the time to get everything done.
“I start off at school, after I just go to cross country,” Stone said. “I just go straight to basketball, and after that basically is when I eat and then the rest of the night I’m just doing homework.”
While still a few years off, Stone would be happy if she could continue one or more of her pursuits at the next level.
“I would love to go to college to play sports,” she said. “That would be a dream come true.”