CHARLESTON – Emma Haugen wasn’t able to match her state title from a year ago in the high jump, but the Lyons Township sophomore still earned a state medal by taking second place.
Haugen had edged out Huntley’s Omo Tseumah in the high jump last year when Haugen cleared 5 feet, 7 inches to top Tseumah’s 5-6. This time around, both went higher and Tseumah won on criteria.
Both cleared 5-8, but couldn’t clear 5-9. Tseumah needed fewer attempts to clear 5-8 than Haugen which served as the tiebreaker. Haugen will be heavily favored to regain her title next year with Tseumah graduating.
Haugen also made the triple jump finals and took 11th. In the prelims, the LT sophomore also competed in the 100-meter hurdles and placed 21st.
The Lions had plenty of entries in the prelims, although none of the others made the finals. The 4x400 relay team of Jessica Fuller, Erin Szczepaniak, Kate Heinz and Sarah Kreikemeier came in 11th place.
Kreikemeier, a senior, also took 13th in the 400. Other top-20 finishers were Makayla Hubbard (17th in shot put), Elaine Smith (18th in the 800) and the 4x200 relay team of Olivia Cabanban, Jessica Fuller, Luci Lussier and Jessica Stabenow (18th).