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Alexandria girls' track and field: Bowden sets school record in high jump

Alexandria's Briquelle Bowden already has a gymnastics state title to her name. Now the senior is shooting to make a run at some of the best high jumpers on the Minnesota high school scene.

Bowden set a personal best and tied a school record that had stood since 1980 at Alexandria's home triangular on Tuesday night. Bowden jumped 5'06" to tie the jump that Linda Johnson set for Alexandria more than three decades ago. It also put her in good company among the rest of the high jumpers across Minnesota this season.

"That put her in the top five in the state," head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb said. "There's a jumper who has jumped a 5'8" and a jumper who has a jump of 5'7." Then I think four at 5'6." She's right in the running of being in that top group, and what was even more encouraging is she cleared each of those high jumps with ease. She's got more in her."

Taylor Wiebke of Kasson-Mantorville had the leap of 5'8" during a meet on April 26. Her teammate, Brooklyn Lewis, jumped 5'7" at the Section 1 True Team meet on May 7. The 2012 state champion, Tatyana Pashibin, won with a jump of 5'6."

Bowden's jump was one of the 37 season or personal bests that the Alexandria girls' team had at its home triangular. That improvement is exactly what this team is looking for as it tries to make a run at a league title during the Central Lakes Conference meet at Sauk Rapids on May 23.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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