The second-to-last jump for Lynden Christian’s Hannah Rusnak proved to be the one as she became the Class 1A State Champion in the event Friday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.
Her jump of 18 feet, 8.25 inches even beat the mark of last year’s first-place mark of 18-04.75.
“I’m happy with how I performed for sure,” Rusnak said in a phone interview. “I really wanted to get in that one jump. Even if it wasn’t a state-winning jump, I’d be happy with my performance.”
Earlier in the day during preliminaries, Rusnak scratched on her first jump, which made her uneasy looking at the rest of the field of jumpers.
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“I was a little nervous (after the first jump), obviously,” she said. “Looking at how other girls jumped in the 18-foot range and I didn’t have my good 18-foot jump. During that time I was just hoping to get in a jump to go on to finals.”
And get to the finals she did. All while participating in other running events. Including running anchor for the 4x100 relay team, which set a new Class 1A State record in the preliminaries.
“That was something we learned during my long jump. That kind of re-energized myself,” Rusnak said.