CHARLESTON – The Class 3A high jump was one of the final events to get going at Saturday's state meet at Eastern Illinois, but the wait was worth it for Emma Haugen.
The Lyons Township junior cleared 5 feet, 7 inches and claimed the state title for the second time. She won as a freshman with a height of 5-7 and placed second last year after clearing 5-8.
"It feels really good," Haugen said of winning another state title. "I was exhausted. We were been out there all day. The triple jump took so long and it was so hot."
Earlier in the meet, Haugen earned a state medal in the triple jump, finishing seventh with a mark of 36-8.75. When it came time to transition from the triple jump pit to the high jump area, Haugen did her best to make it a smooth transition.
"I just stayed really relaxed," she said. "I just wanted to chill out, because when I freak out too much it can mess with my approach."
Haugen, who also made it to state in the 100-meter high hurdles, said she will compete in track meets over the summer, and already has an eye toward repeating as a state champ.
"Next year I'm going to be really excited to be totally healthy," she said." I sprained my ankle the first indoor meet this year, so I didn't even do long jump [this season]."
In addition to Haugen's all-state finishes, LT also saw the 4x800 relay team of sophomore Vanessa Flaherty, junior Katie Hamor and seniors Kate Heinz and Lexy Rudofski place sixth with a time of 9:16.75.
"It was amazing, absolutely amazing," said Rudofski, who ran the anchor leg. "I can't think of a better group of girls to do it with.
"We all had a feeling we could do this. We talked after the prelims and we all felt we could do this."
Madeline Bernstein, Grace Flynn, Diana Kafkes, Jessica Stabenow, Julia Wink, the 4x100 team of Mayra Baeza, Luci Lussier, Jessica Fuller and Wink, the 4x200 team of Baeza, Lussier, Fuller and Samantha Stuba, and the 4x400 quartet of Fuller, Baeza, Stuba and Lussier also competed at state.
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17 Points scored by LT at state as it finished 14th in the team standings