After becoming a state medalist in 2013, Ashby-Brandon-Evansville’s Caroline Jansen is working hard this season to get back on the podium.
Jansen was one of two ABE athletes that made the trip to state last year, and she was rewarded by taking third place in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump. Jansen’s mark of 36-1.00 made her a state medalist in the triple jump, and her long jump distance was 16-6.75.
At the Minnewaska Invitational meet on Thursday, ABE’s only returning state participant from 2013 said she would like to head back to state and improve on those distances.
“I would like to make it to state again and hopefully keep the numbers up,” Jansen said. “I would like to keep getting over 17 with my long and maybe in the 37 for the triple.”
Jansen has already shown some improvement between her first two meets this season in the long jump. In her first meet last Tuesday in Fergus Falls, she took second with a distance of 15-11.00. Two days later in Minnewaska, she jumped out to a 17-00.25 mark.
“I feel like I am really improving,” Jansen said. “I jumped 17 in long jump today, so hopefully I can get that up by the time state comes around.”
Jansen also improved in the triple jump, going from a 34-10.00 in Fergus Falls to a 35-01.50 in Minnewaska. She hopes to continue this trend of small improvements throughout the season.
“I would like to keep increasing and hopefully I am not peaking yet,” Jansen said. “I would really like to see it keep increasing throughout the year.”
ABE head coach Jennifer Froemming said she is happy with what she has seen in Jansen’s performances this season. Staying healthy has been a focus for them after Jansen had previously battled some minor injuries.
“She’s picked up right where she left off last spring,” Froemming said. “She’s looking actually stronger, she’s healthy. We’re not dealing with shin splints like we have in years past, so this is probably the best season she’s going to have for her entire career.”
Besides returning to state in both the triple jump and the long jump, Froemming said she would also like to see Jansen qualify for the state meet in at least one of the two hurdles events.