Jumping at 100 percent: Mitchell's Haring set for strong season
Carly Haring was back in a familiar place on Tuesday. She stood atop the podium after winning the girls high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches at the Dakota Wesleyan University High School Open at the Corrigan Fieldhouse in Mitchell. The Mitch...
Carly Haring was back in a familiar place on Tuesday.
She stood atop the podium after winning the girls high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches at the Dakota Wesleyan University High School Open at the Corrigan Fieldhouse in Mitchell.
The Mitchell High School sophomore was competing in her first meet of the season, but more importantly, it was the first meet Haring was fully healthy since 2015.
It's been a long road for Haring, who stormed on to the varsity track and field scene as an eighth-grader in 2015. In her first month as a varsity jumper, Haring won the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet, the Class AA state meet and was the gold-medal winner - which means she had the top jump in all three classes - with her leap of 5-3.25.
After a huge season in 2015, Haring was hampered by a leg injury for a majority of her freshman season in 2016. She was still uncertain about her future heading into this season, but Tuesday's performance was eye-opening.
"I feel like I'm 100 percent back where I was," Haring said. "I didn't know what to expect in my first meet, but I definitely proved to myself that I am capable of more than I thought."
MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said it's great to see Haring healthy once more and added she nearly cleared 5-4, which would have been a personal best and tied the school record, on Tuesday.
"Carly was really happy with where she was at and she's excited," Shepardson said. "The sky's the limit for her. She'll be among the top jumpers in the state."
For now, the mark of 5-4 alludes Haring, but she's eyeing much more.
"I'm hoping I can break the school record of 5-4," Haring said. "I'm just excited for the outdoor season. It just feels back to normal. I've been working hard and I know what I have to do."
The MHS school record for girls high jump is shared by four girls-Mary Kirby (1984), Holly Bickett (1992), Leslie McCain (1999), and Steph Uher (2008).
While Haring hopes to set a new school record, she also has a new appreciation for competing after dealing with injuries last year.
"I learned a lot," Haring said about her freshman season. "Mostly you have to keep at it. Hard work will always turn out well in the end."
Haring said she's benefitted from getting more jumps in during the winter months at the Corrigan Fieldhouse inside the DWU/Avera Wellness Center.
Shepardson said the coaches are working on building up strength with Haring, pointing to stronger legs and core as a way for her to reach higher heights.
"Her body fits the mold. She's tall and lengthy," Shepardson said. "I would give a lot of credit to her work ethic. She'll put in the extra time."
Haring is hoping a full healthy season awaits her, meaning she'll be in contention for her second state title.
That type of approach and work ethic is exactly what Shepardson said he tries to get out off all his athletes.
"She's a leader and she leads by example," Shepardson said. "She's not vocal or real loud, but she sets an example and we need that in our program."