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Jansen takes eighth in long jump

Caroline Jansen touches down on one of her long jump attempts on Friday afternoon at Hamline University. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Caroline Jansen’s long jump mark ended up being a shorter distance then it was in 2013, but she still finished in eighth place at the Class A state meet on Friday at Hamline University.

In 2013 her jump measured 16-06.75, and on Friday Jansen finished with a mark of 16-04.75. This still helped the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville athlete finish one spot higher on the podium as she took ninth last season.

“I was hoping for higher, but my jump wasn’t nearly as good as last year,” Jansen said. “So I am just grateful that I made it on to the award stand this year.”

As nervous as athletes generally are at the state meet, Jansen said she was extra anxious as this is her senior year. She just missed qualification in the 100 hurdles on Friday after she finished in 11th place with a time of 15.82.

“It’s very nerve-racking,” Jansen said. “It’s my senior year, so it’s the last chance I’ve got. So I have got to give it my all.”

Jansen has one more event left at the state meet as she will compete in the triple jump tomorrow afternoon.

Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is the sports editor at the Pierce County Herald. Before working at the Herald, Blaze was a sports reporter at the Alexandria Echo Press for one year and 10 months. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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