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Haring wins high jump at Dakota Relays

SIOUX FALLS -- Carly Haring faced some adversity in the girls high jump. But the Mitchell junior thrived when the pressure was the highest. And then went on to win the event, claiming her first Dakota Relays title with a jump of 5-feet, 6-inches ...

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Mitchell's Carly Haring celebrates after clearing 5-feet, 6-inches in the girls high jump at the 93rd Dakota Relays on Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS - Carly Haring faced some adversity in the girls high jump.

But the Mitchell junior thrived when the pressure was the highest. And then went on to win the event, claiming her first Dakota Relays title with a jump of 5-feet, 6-inches on Saturday in Sioux Falls.

"Carly had a different day," MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said. "She had a good mental approach, but there were some nerves with a bigger stage and some pressure with being the top jumper heading in."

After missing her first two jumps at 5-feet, 4-inches, Haring soared well above the bar on her third attempt. Three other girls cleared 5-4, but all three came up short when the bar bumped up to 5-6 when Haring easily surpassed hit. She had three more attempts at tieing her personal-best of 5-8 but narrowly missed.

"She still competed at a high level," Shepardson said. "It's a great learning experience, to compete on a stage like that."

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Haring's finish was Mitchell's top highlight at the weather-shortened second day. Kyla Crago, who had qualified for the girls 400-meter dash finals, didn't get to run her race as the event was cancelled.

Shepardson said he felt awful for Crago and added she deserved to compete in what he called "the fastest race of her life."

"She worked hard to get there. It was tough to not see her run that race," Shepardson said.

In the boys 300 hurdles, Tate Larson took fourth place in his section with a personal-best time of 45.06 seconds.

"Tate has been getting faster every meet. He's a hard worker and will continue to get better," Shepardson said.

While no relay teams placed high at the event, Shepardson said each team ran its fastest times of the season.

Mitchell competes in the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet on Saturday in Pierre.

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