While training for the Missouri Class 1 track postseason, Orrick junior Samantha Fulte added a new wrinkle to her long jump. In an attempt to gain an edge, she adjusted the way she moved her legs after launching into the air, opting for a “bicycle” move.
It was a rewarding decision.
Using the new move, Fulte landed her longest jump of the season Friday to win the Class 1 state title at Lincoln University. She set a new personal record with a leap of 17 feet, 1 inch, narrowly besting second-place Emily Wedlock from Mound City.
“I just went for it,” Fulte said. “I was seeded second today, so I was definitely hoping I could go for first, and I’m really excited that’s how it happened.”
Fulte will try to repeat her performance Saturday when she competes in the triple jump. She also qualified first in the 100-meter hurdles Friday and fifth in the 300 hurdles. Both finals races will take place Saturday.
Queen sets record
Summit Christian Academy freshman Carlie Queen didn’t get the record she coveted, but the one she got will do just fine.
Queen won the Class 2 high jump state championship Friday by clearing the bar at 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches. It wasn’t enough to break the state-meet record across all classes — Queen’s goal entering the day — but it was good enough to set a new record in Class 2.
Queen barely missed clearing the bar at 5-9 1/4, which would have broken the all-class mark of 5-9.
“I was really wanting that one, but I was jumping really good all day, so I’m happy,” Queen said. “It felt really amazing to win. I’ve worked really hard for it.”
Perhaps it could set the tone for the state meet. Queen is seeded second in the pole vault competition Saturday after winning her district last week. She will also participate in the discus throw.
“I definitely got the energy flowing,” Queen said. “Hopefully I can win another one.”
Roe wins shot put
The comeback journey is complete for West Platte senior Adam Roe.
A year after sitting out with a knee injury, Roe won the Class 2 boys shot put state championship Friday. His throw of 54 feet, 9 1/2 inches was more than two feet better than any of his competitors.
“It was really nice. I worked really hard over the last 12 or 13 months to get to this place,” Roe said. “To finally get (a championship) feels really good.”
Roe also ran for the West Platte 1,600 relay team, which won its preliminary race Friday. He will compete in the discus toss Saturday, as well.
Midway senior Megan O’Brien placed fourth in the Class 1 girls pole vault. She cleared 9 feet.
The Midway girls 800 relay team qualified first in the Class 1 preliminary race. The team consists of Jessica Owens, Dee Stark, Taylor Pierce and Laine Mills.
Lutheran qualified third in the Class 1 girls 400 relay. Midway qualified fourth in the same race.
University Academy qualified fourth in the Class 2 girls 800 relay.
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