Sodergren breaks school record at 4A state meet
DENVER – Katie Sodergren normally doesn’t mind sharing with others. There’s one thing, however, she’d rather keep for herself – the all-time Summit High School girls triple jump record.Sodergren took sole possession of the SHS record on Friday, after being locked in a tie for more than a year. The memorable moment came during the preliminaries of the 4A state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium in Denver.The talented sophomore jumped 32 feet, 3 inches to break the 22-year-old record of 32-1.”I think it was starting to irritate her a little bit that she had to share it,” Summit jumping coach Kevin Mastin said. “She’s pretty glad that it’s finally all hers.”
Sodergren set the new mark on her first of three jumps at Friday’s preliminaries, then opted for a more aggressive second jump, which resulted in a scratch. Her third and final jump was inferior to her first, and so despite the record, she failed to advance to today’s finals.”(Sodergren) was a little disappointed,” Mastin said. “She has been jumping so well this week and thought she could go even further today.”Sodergren’s teammate Catherine Clark was another Tiger who met with disappointment in Denver. The junior failed to qualify in the 100-meter hurdles at her first state meet.”The high hurdles are so technical,” Mastin said. “It’s a race of 50 steps. Catherine messed up two of them and it took her out of the race.”
Clark started strong by clearing her first four hurdles flawlessly, then struggled slightly in the middle of the race.”The competition level was very high,” Mastin said. “A slight falter seemed like a big mistake. A lay person probably wouldn’t have even been able to notice that she was out of sync.”Clark’s season ends with her ranked 22nd among 4A athletes in the 100 hurdles.Sodergren ends up ranked among the top 20 triple jumpers in 4A.
As underclassmen, Clark and Sodergren still have a promising future.”It will make them so much stronger having seen what level of competition is out there,” Mastin said. “We often send seniors to state who don’t get to come back the next year and take advantage of what they’ve learned.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at email@example.com.
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