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Jesse Hastings, 12, of Mount Vernon, prepares to long jump Thursday evening in Mount Vernon. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Mount Vernon's Hastings jumps to national title

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MOUNT VERNON -- If Jesse Hastings learned anything from competing in the Hershey's Track and Field Games North American Final, it was to have confidence in his abilities.


The 12-year-old went into the practice day with a stomach full of butterflies but was able to overcome those emotions when it counted.

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.