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Reaching new heights

May 22, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

DES MOINES - North Union senior Elliott Hagebock put his name in the school record books with his winning jump at the Class 1A State High Jump on Friday.

Hagebock leapt a career-high 6 feet, 6 inches to become a state champion for the Warriors.

His comeback from an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the end of his sophomore baseball season makes the feat more remarkable. After missing his junior season of football and baseball, Hagebock returned to the track last season and finished fourth in the 1A high jump a year ago.

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His highest jump to date prior to the 2019 State Track and Field Meet this season was 6 feet, 2 1/2 inches and his qualifying jump a week earlier was just 6 feet.

However, Hagebock was still using his brace. He took it off for practice leading up to state and it helped.

In Friday's competition, he didn't miss a jump through 6 feet 3 inches. However, he needed his third jump to clear 6-05-one of just three athletes to clear that height in Class 1A. He then cleared 6 feet, 6 inches on his first jump. Meanwhile AR-WE-VA's Keegan Simons and Central Decator's Cauy Spidle, the only other two jumpers to clear 6-5, each failed on their three attempts.

North Union's only other male qualifier, junior Brendan Anderson finished 17th overall in the 200-meter preliminaries on Thursday with a time of 23.74 inches.

Steinberger places 7th, Nielsen 8th in high jump

The North Union girls picked up two medals at the 2019 State Track and Field Meet with a 7-8 finish in the Class 1A high jump.

Junior Hope Steinberger and freshman Sam Nielsen both cleared 5 feet with Steinberger clearing on his first jump while Nielsen cleared that height on her second jump. Both jumpers had cleared 5-2 during the regular season, but couldn't match that on Friday.

Emma Atwood of Central Decatur won the event with a leap of 5-4 on her first attempt.

North Union's distance medley team of Steinberger, sophomore Vanessa Von Bank, and freshmen Lily Henderson and Cassie Beadle finished 24th in 4:40.61.



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