– Allison Goldsberry
Medford’s Arantxa King was recently inducted into the MA State Track Coaches Association’s Athlete Hall of Fame.
King, a 2007 Medford High school graduate, went on to compete for Stanford and represented Bermuda at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.
While at MHS, King was the New England Gatorade Athlete of the Year in for three straight years, according to the MSTCA. She was the World Youth long jump champion and was the state champion in the event for four straight years. She was the national long jump champion for two years and also was once the national triple jump champion. King also owns the Massachusetts and New England high school long jump records, according to her profile from Stanford.
King’s high school coach, Jack Dempsey, attended the award ceremony along with her mother, Tufts University Assistant Athletic Director Branwen Smith-King. Smith-King received the award on behalf of her daughter.
While at Stanford King was a two-time All-American and she set school records in the long and triple jumps.
According to Bermuda’s Royal Gazette, King lives in London and has retired from competition.
“I retired after a series of injuries I could not overcome and the general sentiments of wanting to move on from sport,” she said.
King was also inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame last fall.
Photo courtesy Bermuda Olympic Association.