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Jansen second in triple, eighth in long jump

Brandon-Evansville-Ashby’s Caroline Jansen lands during the triple jump at the state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Jansen took second place in the finals with a jump of 36-02 to finish off a strong career for the senior after taking third in triple jump in 2013. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Ashby-Brandon-Evansville’s Caroline Jansen wrapped up her senior year by earning two medals at the Class A state track and field meet last weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Jansen had her best finish of the weekend in the triple jump as her distance of 36-02.00 was good for second place. After taking third in the event last year, she was happy to make a jump in the field.

“I was hoping to make it to the top two this year, and make it one better than last year,” Jansen said.

The triple mark was not a personal record, but it was her longest jump of the season. Jansen said her performance on Saturday was a relief after she did not reach her goals the day before in the long jump. Even though she finished in eighth place, Jansen did not reach the same distance that she did a year ago.

At state in 2013, her ninth place 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.

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

A second place finish on Saturday was more in tune with the goals that she had for her senior year at state. After wrapping up her track and field career, Jansen said she will miss competing alongside her ABE teammates and coaches.

“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “It’s exciting to move on but at the same time I am going to miss my team and my coaches.”

Jansen also competed in the 100 meter hurdles but did not qualify for the finals after scoring a preliminary time of 15.82.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. 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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