The long-jump board boomed when Felecia Majors stepped on it, a sound that made many of the spectators who were focusing on the track whip their heads toward the corner of the infield.
The boom triggered the looks. The mark made everybody gasp.
Majors was breathtaking in the long jump Saturday at the PR Holiday Invitational in Landover. On her first attempt, the speedy South County senior exploded down the runway before launching herself perfectly off the board and 19 feet 11 inches into the pit. That distance broke the three-year-old meet record by almost two feet and is the No. 1 mark in the country this season.
About 1,300 athletes from 48 schools in Virginia, Maryland and the District competed Saturday at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex and most of them weren’t expecting anything spectacular. For most, it was simply a matter of lifting the lid off their seasons and testing their fitness.