In her first season of high school track, Summit Christian Academy’s Carlie Queen already had conference, district and sectional championships under her belt.
Now, Queen can call herself a state champion.
Queen won the Class 2 girls high jump title May 23 during the first day of the Class 1-2 state meet at Jefferson City. The next day she completed her stellar freshman season by placing third in the pole vault.
Queen won the high jump with a 5-foot-7 ¾ leap, breaking the Class 2 record of 5-7 ½ that had stood for 17 years. To get the title, she had to survive a tough dual with defending champion Becca Buechter of Iberia.
“I missed at 5-5 and she made it on the first try,” Queen said, “so I knew I would have to make it on my next try to beat her. It was pretty cool.”
After securing first place, Queen then went for the all-class record of 5-9 by attempting 5-9 ¼ and barely missed. On one attempt she was already on the mat when the bar fell.
“I was disappointed because I was really close to getting it,” Queen said. “But I have three more years to get it.”
Queen, who is SCA’s first state champion in any sport, wasn’t disappointed by her finish in the pole vault after setting a personal best at 11-0.
“I knew the girl that was in first place was pretty good, so I just wanted to get my personal best that day,” said Queen, who beat her previous best of 10-9. “I did that, so I was pretty happy.”
SCA also had James Bailey place third in the boys discus with a 149-1 throw and fifth in the shot put at 47-9 ¾ . Bailey was the only freshman in Class 2 to compete at state in both of his events.