Registe shows he’s still got it with strong showing in California

April 16, 2017

David Registe Track

David Registe

At 28, David Registe of Palmer still loves training and competing in the long jump as much as he did in college.

And the former University of Alaska Anchorage star is jumping like he did when he won a national championship.

Registe finished second in the 64-man field at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California, with a jump of 7.70 meters [25 feet, 2 inches]. The winning mark was 7.72 meters.

“I’m very happy with how jumps went,” he told me.

Not bad for a guy who spent the winter training in the hallways of Bartlett High after The Dome collapsed in January.

“No excuses,” he said.

Registe, of Palmer High fame, owns the meet and Cougar Athletic Stadium record of 8.29 meters set in 2015.

“When it comes to track meets without medals, winning means nothing to me,” he said. “My focus is on myself and my coach [Rafael Echavarria]. That is all. It’s just me and him out there.”

He won his NCAA D2 champion for UAA in 2008. The next year he was an All-American again and won GNAC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

In 2011, he was named MVP for athletics at the Dominica Sports Awards.

Registe has managed to stay relevant in a young man’s game because of his passion, pride and professionalism.

“My goal every meet is to better myself. If I improve and get fifth place, I’m still extremely happy because I can only control myself,” he said. “I’m 28 now and I still love training and competing the same way I did while in college.”