SCA’s Queen claims Class 2 high jump title

dmcqueen@lsjournal.comMay 28, 2014 

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.

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