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Published May 15 2010

High school track and field: North’s Larson sets ND high jump record

Fargo North freshman Kira Larson was beginning to get frustrated as her heights in the high jump continued to flat line.

But the defending North Dakota Class A champion is plenty happy now.

Larson eclipsed the Class A state record in the high jump Saturday with a mark of 5 feet, 9 inches at the Packer Relays.

The old mark of

5-8½ was held by Mandan’s Cindy Leingang (1992) and Dickinson’s Katelyn Steffan (2005). Former Kindred standout Halley Odegaard holds the state meet high jump record of 5-9¼.

“This is kind of what happened last year,” said Larson, who emerged as a surprise state champion last year with a winning leap of 5-6. “All year, I’ve been kind of staying at the same height. … I was starting to wonder when I ever was going to get a good week. The weather has been bad all year. Today was perfect.”

Larson left all of her competition behind with her first jump of 5-1. She later cleared 5-9 on her first attempt.

Larson missed three attempts at 5-10.

“The thing I’ve realized is that jumping by yourself is hard,” she said. “There is no one pushing you. You have to come up with motivation by yourself. I get a beat in my head, do air drums and do whatever it takes to get ready.”

The Eastern Dakota Conference meet is scheduled for Saturday in Wahpeton.

The North Dakota state meet is slated for May 28-29 in Bismarck.

“I’m not really focused on my finish,” Larson said. “I’m more focused on myself.”

For full results from the Packer Relays see Scoreboard on D2.


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Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562