Algoma’s Elizabeth McClure aims for a repeat at gold

High School Sports

Algoma’s Elizabeth McClure got over her sophomore slump, in a big way.

“I didn’t have a good year at state,” the senior high jumper said. “I ended up only jumping 4-10 when my PR that year was already 5-4 and really I was down about that, it upset me a lot.”

Last year as a junior, McClure started out with one goal in mind.

“My big goal was to make it up on the podium,” McClure said.

However, she did more than just that, clearing 5 feet, 4 inches to take home a Division III state title in the high jump.

“By the time I won state, I was like I won, it didn’t even hit me,” McClure said. “It was just crazy.”

“She’s just going to do what she does,” track and field coach, Steve Schmiling, said. “She’s just going to keep jumping. It definitely paid off at the state meet when she did it because other people get nervous and she just kept a cool head.”

To repeat, McClure will be battling both the bar and a recurring right hip flexor as well, but she hasn’t let that stop her from her ultimate goal. 

“I personally would like to get the school record which is 5-7 right now, but that’s three inches still, so I don’t know, I’m just hoping I can get over that,” McClure said.

“She had to deal with health issues with her hip and all that kinda stuff, went through some surgery, it didn’t stop her,” Schmiling said. “She still maintained a positive attitude, still came to practice everyday, still worked hard. People know they can count on that.”

While her first state title came quite unexpectedly, McClure’s hoping this time around, a possible win will feel like the norm.

“I would love to do it again,” McClure said. “I really hope I can. I’m not saying I for sure can, but it would really mean a lot. It would be a good ending to my high school career.”

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