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High jump: It takes a state record to keep Johnsrud from a title

Minnewaska sophomore Peyton Johnsrud clears the bar in the high jump during Saturday's Class A state meet. Johnsrud finished second in state with a high jump of 6-feet, 7-inches. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)1 / 2
Senior Yahya Madar of Mounds Park Academy lets out a scream after tying the Class A state record on Saturday at the state meet when he cleared 6-feet, 10-inches in the high jump. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)2 / 2

Minnewaska sophomore Peyton Johnsrud came into the Class A state meet tied for the highest seed mark in the field at 6-feet, 8-inches.

In the end, it took a record day from the guy who matched that mark to keep Johnsrud from going home with a championship.

Yahya Madar, a senior from Mounds Park Academy, also jumped 6-feet, 8-inches at his section meet. Madar and Johnsrud were the last two standing at Hamline University in St. Paul on Saturday, but Madar tied the Class A state record by clearing 6-feet, 10-inches. That left Johnsrud in second place with a high jump of 6-feet, 7-inches.

“I’m just really excited because I’ve been improving throughout the whole year,” Johnsrud said. “In the beginning of the year, I was only getting like 5-10 and 6 feet. Then I got 6-4 at subsections and 6-8 at sections. Then this meet was really fun and exciting, but Yahya did a really good job.”

Nobody else in the field cleared higher than 6-feet, 5-inches, so Johnsrud and Madar were all alone in going for 6-8. Johnsrud came real close to getting it on his second-to-last jump but just barely knocked the bar off.

Madar cleared 6-8 on his second jump, and kept going to try to break the state record. He cleared 6-9 on his third jump and 6-10 on his first attempt at it. His three chances at 6-10.5 came up a little short. The 6-foot, 10-inch mark had been a Class A record that stood alone since 1981 when Ken Larson of Fulda set it.

Jumping right with Madar for much of the day and watching him set that record only motivates Johnsrud heading into the offseason. As a sophomore this spring, he still has his junior and senior seasons to try to get back here and win a title.

“I want to return next year and try to beat his record and get first,” Johnsrud said.

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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