ORLANDO, Fla. — Conner Workman, 15, won a national championship, but isn’t going to Disney. He’s already there.
The Princeton High School junior-to-be won the AAU ESPN National Championship in triple jump at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., Friday morning with a new personal record of 45-0.
“I was nervous, but I told myself when I got to the complex that I am here wearing Princeton Tiger attire and representing my home state of Illinois,” Workman said. “And it feels great winning a national title outside of the state. Especially in an event that I wasn’t for sure gonna be good in, but hard work pays off.”
Workman, who was a 2A state qualifier at PHS, was the No. 3 seed in the triple jump.
He also placed ninth in the long jump at 20-2 1/2.
“It’s different from what I’m used to up north. But like I always tell myself, I am here to compete, but also have fun. I met a couple kids and met with kids I already knew from past meets and it was enjoyable,” he said.
At the Junior Olympics regionals in Joliet, Workman won triple jump with a 44-9 and placed third in the long jump. He won both jumps at districts and Northern Nationals also both in Joliet in June.
Next up, Workman will compete in both jumps in the Junior Olympics national in Greensboro, N.C., at the end of the month.