Blaine's Taylor V'Dovec set a personal best by three inches to win the high jump at the Class 1A Girls' Track and Field State Championships on Friday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
V'Dovec cleared 5-feet, 6 inches on her first attempt, but the other four competitors needed two or three tries to clear it. In doing so, she won the state championship and set a new Blaine school record.
"Everyone went out at 5-07," Blaine coach Carey Bacon said in a phone interview. "Virtually all those kids PRed. As each of the kids got to where they had jumped before, they relaxed and it lessened the pressure. It was a real high point for us even though it was the first event."
V'Dovec exceeded her own expectations in winning the state title, she said.
"It's pretty unbelievable. I was just hoping to get on the stand," she said in a phone interview. "I thought someone would clear 5-07. It means a lot to beat the record because that's been my goal. A lot of us (jumpers) were in tri-district together and we were giving each other high fives and encouragement."
V'Dovec had previously tied the school record of 5-03, but at state she was able to rise to the occasion and break it by three inches.
Bacon noted that V'Dovec looked flawless in her win.
"I didn't mess with her whatsoever because she wasn't really making any mistakes," he said. "Every jumper in the classification jumped phenomenally. The crowd was even fairly loud for a high jump. It's a significant milestone because even an inch in high jump is a lot."
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