LANCASTER — Fredericktown Freddies’ high jumper Carolyn Webster leaped beyond her own personal best, nearly smashed through a meet record and landed in a state tournament berth for the second year in a row.
Webster’s performance in the high jump topped area athletes on Day 1 of the 2013 Division III Regional Track and Field Championships at Fairfield Union High School on Wednesday.
With a leap of 5-feet-6, Webster sailed over the competition, besting second-place Tess Burns of Manchester by two inches.
“This is my best day ever,” said Webster. “I’ve attempted 5-6 before, I think, only twice. That one jump, I took a mental jump and I went through the steps. I went fast, I jumped and I made it and it felt amazing.”
That wasn’t enough for the sophomore, who took a try at the meet record (5-7.5), nearly clearing it on the first of three attempts. On the last two jumps she was clearly tired and missed both jumps, but still got a round of applause from the entire crowd.
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