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High School Track and Field: Katie Schumer’s 12-6 vault ties her for first in the state

At the Kansas Relays two weekends ago, Jackson senior pole vaulter Katie Schumer started focusing on jumping well instead of jumping high.

This idea of thinking has led Schumer to tying the top pole vault in the state with a leap of 12 feet, six inches at the Poplar Bluff Invitational.

Schumer’s jump won her the event, which was one of the five events Jackson’s girls team won to place third with a score of 110 at the invite. Sophomore Erin Huff came in second behind Schumer with a jump of 11-0.

The rest of the first-place finishes came on the track as junior Kennedy Bauer won the 1600-meter and 3200-meter run for a combined 20 points.

Fellow junior Kaylee Wilson won the 800 with a time of two minutes, 32.28 seconds. Senior Abby Sadler finished right behind Wilson at 2:32.92.

Sadler and Wilson were also a part of the first-place 4×800 team along with senior Margo Motes and sophomore Ashlyn Prince, which recorded a time of 10:07.15.

The boys team took third place as well with 111 points, finishing behind first-place Poplar Bluff (189) and second-place Rockwood Summit (147).

Jackson’s boys won three events with two coming on the track as sophomore Ethan Walz took the 1600 (4:35.79) and senior Ean Buffington handedly won the 3200 (9:45.03), finishing 15 seconds before the runner up.

Junior Jackson Rinehart took first in pole vault with a leap of 15-0, which ties him for fifth in the state.

Next for both teams is the annual SEMO North Conference meet on Friday.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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