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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep T&F: Murray turns in fourth place finish at state

  • Harrisburg junior goes 11-6 in pole vault at Class 2A Finals
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  • It's an eye-roll moment and on a good day you might even get a raise of the eyebrows from Lindsey Murray.
    The junior at Harrisburg High School knows the one thing keeping her from being an even better pole vaulter than she already is being able to get herself upside down when she vaults.
    Murray's already admitted it's one of those, "easier said than done" situations, but when she was working with Ron Bracher recently, she was more or less given the ultimatum.
    The trick might have paid off as Murray says she still doesn't get upside down, but jokes that she now just throws her feet as high up in the air as she can.
    All joking aside, Murray turned in an 11-foot-6 performance at this past weekend's IHSA Class 2A State Finals in Charleston for a fourth place finish.
    First place cleared 12-foot-9 and second place went 12-feet.
    "I always think I can do better," Murray said via cellphone over the weekend. "But overall, I'm pretty happy with that. I blew threw one of my bigger poles, so I don't know how much higher I could have gone. My jumps this weekend were a lot better than they have been in a while."
    Murray, again credits Bracher, who's teachings helped propel her to one of her best finishes yet in three years.
    "I know that I need to get upside down, but I just don't do that. The other day, Ron yelled out that if I get upside down, I'll go higher. That's when I cleared 11-4, which was my second highest jump of the season. So, I just started throwing my feet up in the air and I'm clearing the bar by a lot more than just barely clearing it."
    A third straight trip to the finals provides little fun for Murray, who in her own right is someone who likes to have fun. She understands however when there is time for business.
    "I try to have fun. You wanna do the best you can because you know there are probably other schools there looking (at you). I can get in trouble, but I have a lot of fun with it. I understand when it's time to be serious.
     
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.
    Twitter: @spydieshooter

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