TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State freshman Trentorria Green had never been out of the country before touching down in San Jose, Costa Rica earlier this week, where she joined her United States teammates for the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships.
The walk-on triple jumper from Quincy, Fla. will add another first Saturday, when she gets her first taste of international competition, facing off against the top triple jumpers from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
In all, 36 countries and 452 athletes are competing in the four-day meet at Estadio Nacional.
The triple jump is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (ET) and the meet will be streamed live by FloTrack https://www.flotrack.org/live/14339
Green earned the right to don the red, white and blue by winning the UASTF U20 Championships triple jump title on June 22 in Miramar, Fla. And she did it in style with a first-attempt, personal-best mark of 12.77 meters (41-10.75), which stood up as the winner against a field of 15 athletes at the Ansin Sports Complex.
“We’re so proud of Trentorria and her getting this amazing experience to compete for USA in another country,” said FSU jumps coach Keith Herston, who offered her a spot on the roster following her standout career at Gadsden High. “She has never competed at any meet larger than the state championship up until this season, so this has been a big step forward in her development and a chance to see what the world has to offer.”
Green’s progress has taken a sharp arc upward since early in the outdoor season. Entering FSU with a career-best mark of 11.66 meters (38-3) she has improved more than three feet and moved into the top-10 all-time among Seminoles.
She cracked the 40-foot standard for the first time on April 12 at the Crimson Tide Invitational, then followed with a stunning performance at the ACC Outdoor Championships. The No. 14 seed entering the meet, she not only advanced to the nine-woman final, but placed sixth overall with a wind-aided, all-conditions best of 12.88 meters (42-3.25).
That performance earned her a trip to the NCAA East Preliminary meet, where she finished 29th in a field of the top 48 triple jumpers from East of the Mississippi River.
At the USATF U20 Championships, she posted three of her top four wind-legal marks in a six-jump series.
Herston credits Green’s work ethic for the improvement and an opportunity of a lifetime.
“She deserves this opportunity,” Herston said. “She truly is one of the most driven athletes I have ever worked with. So for her to improve as much as she has is unprecedented but not unfathomable for someone as dedicated and driven as she has been this season.”
One of eight entries in the triple jump competition, Green will be tested by some of the world’s best, led by Cuba’s Leyanis Perez Hernandez who owns a qualifying mark of 14.13 meters.
“Even though this competition is the biggest of her life I really expect her to have some very good results,” Herston said. “She knows how to step up under pressure, so I expect no different tomorrow. She is prepared and a true gamer, so she could break the 13 meter barrier for the first time in her life.”