Missing out on a trip to state last spring left Madison senior Shyenne Ledford motivated to reach new heights in the high jump this season.
She did just that on Saturday at West Geauga’s Kurt Frankel Invitational.
Ledford cleared 5-feet, 5-inches to win the event and she set a new school record in the process.
“It feels extremely good,” Ledford said. “It is something I’ve wanted for a while and getting it feels like such a milestone.”
Ledford, who cleared 5-3 last season but couldn’t get over the 5-1 mark this spring, set the record on her third attempt.
“I got a feel for it at the first and almost got it on the second,” she said. “So on the third, I was a little nervous but I knew if I did what I was taught I could clear it. I jumped up and ran to my coach. I had so much adrenaline and it felt good to have my friends and coaches there supporting me.”
Ledford, who also ran the 400 and the 4×400-meter relay, finished ninth in the high jump at regionals last year.
She set the goal of qualifying for state this season and now has the momentum to make that dream come true.
“That put a lot of fire under me to train 10 times harder because I wanted to go to state so bad last year,” Ledford said. “I told my coach that next year I want to make it to state more than anything in the world.”
Ledford initially set out to clear 5-6 this season but reaching 5-5 with over a month left before state has changed her goal.
“At the beginning of the season, I wanted to get 5-6 but looking at it now, by the end of the season, I think I can exceed that,” she said. “Also, I want to break a minute in the 400.”
She ran the 400 in 1:08.71 on Saturday.