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Rhine makes it 2-for-2 in the high jump

Rhine makes it 2-for-2 in the high jump

May 24th, 2013 in News

Eldon's Sara Rhine clears the bar during Friday's high jump at the Class 3 state track and field meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Rhine won her second straight state title in the event.

Photo by Julie Smith

Two title-winning high jumpers returned in 2013. Only one could repeat as state champion.

Eldon's Sara Rhine won her second consecutive Class 3 girls high jump championship Friday at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3-4 Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

Rhine's winning jump far out-distanced California's Sydney Deeken, the 2012 Class 2 state champion who moved up a class this spring.

"It feels awesome," Rhine said of her 5-foot-7 winning jump, which matched last year's title-winning leap. "I'm very thankful to be where I'm at. I'm just so happy right now. I'm enjoying it."

Deeken, who won her championship last season with a jump of 5-4, managed a seventh-place finish with a top leap of 5-2.

"Feel pretty (cruddy)," Deeken said. "I obviously didn't do my best. Haven't really been doing my best this year. Don't know why. My steps are all screwed up and I just can't get it down."

Mexico's Zori Holman took second, clearing the bar at 5-6. Smithville's Miranda Migletz was third with a jump of 5-5.

Rhine tried to break the Class 3 state record, but missed out on her three attempts at 5-8.

"The record is 5-7 1/2, but I'll take a first," she said. "It's still good. My best attempt was my first jump (for 5-8). I almost had it. I hit it with my legs."

Rhine, just a sophomore, still has two more years to try to set the state mark.

"I'll just have to keep working hard and do what I've been doing," she said. "It gives me confidence for next year, and just something to look forward to."

Rhine missed just one jump prior to her three attempts at 5-8. The top seed cleared 4-10, 5-0, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5 and 5-6 on her first try before getting 5-7 on the second attempt.

"I wasn't nervous and I just did what I knew how to do and what I had practiced all year and it just happens," Rhine said.

Rhine and Deeken have battled all season long, competing at the Tri-County Conference meet, as well as the district and sectional meets.

"My main competition all year has been Sydney Deeken," Rhine said. "It's just been good to have her and everything. She's been a good motivation. She pushes me to do well.

"I know how good of a jumper she is and how much potential she has. It was too bad to see her only jump 5-2."

Deeken agreed, considering the pair had both jumped 5-8 at the conference meet.

"Sara Rhine is good," Deeken, a junior, said. "Me and her have battled ever since she was a freshman. I've beat her and she's beat me. I figured it would be me and her. She jumped her best and I didn't."

Rhine and Deeken will go head-to-head again today in the long jump at 2 p.m. Rhine is seeded first while Deeken is fourth.

California is third with 12 and Eldon is sixth with 10 points.

Additional coverage:

Friday's MSHSAA Track & Field Championship Results

Blair Oaks has several key events Saturday

Southern Boone's Bartel wins Class 3 high jump

Burkett, Martin take second for Jefferson City

Helias' Will Fife wins shot put state title

California's Deeken wins triple jump

Follow Saturday's coverage:

Schedule of area qualifiers at Saturday's MSHSAA Track & Field Championships results page, compiled as available

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