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DeKalb's Brown takes 4th in triple jump; G-K's Neisendorf 7th in high jump

May 20, 2012
Genoa-Kingston High School



CHARLESTON — Lake Kwaza finally beat Dominique Kimpel.

This year was supposed to be Kwaza's chance to take home a Class 2A state title in the 100-meter dash.

The Sycamore senior had finished second as a freshman and again as a junior behind Kimpel, a Kankakee standout a year older than Kwaza. Only a hamstring injury kept Kwaza from competing in the finals as a sophomore.

Kimpel was no longer an obstacle this year after she graduated. But Kwaza injured her hamstring at last week's Sterling Sectional and wasn't 100 percent by the time she reached Saturday's state track and field finals at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

Despite the tweaked hamstring, Kwaza jumped off to quick start in the finals and broke Kimpel's Class 2A state record by .07 seconds, finishing in 11.62 seconds.

Yet Kwaza wasn't the only runner to break the record. Charday Crawford of Class 2A-state champion Springfield Southeast was just ahead of her with a time of 11.48 seconds to win the event and give Kwaza second place.

"I mean, it was upsetting because it was my senior year," Kwaza said. "This was kind of my year, until sectionals when I pulled my hamstring."

Kwaza, who will compete at the University of Iowa next season, said that her hamstring felt fine during the first 55 meters of the race, but that it wasn't 100 percent during the final 45 meters.

Her time was the best of her state career, and Kwaza thought it was her best 100 meter mark as a Spartan.

She was proud of what she was able to accomplish while having to deal with the bum hamstring.

"Just to get second and to make it here, was kind of like, exciting knowing that I had a pulled hamstring," Kwaza said. "So, I'm happy."

Two other area athletes took home state medals. In Class 3A, DeKalb junior Jasmine Brown was fourth in the triple jump (38 feet, 2 inches) and Genoa-Kingston junior Danielle Neisendorf was seventh in the Class 2A high jump, clearing 5-2.

Brown missed earning a medal in the long jump by a half an inch, and scratched her final attempt. So, she took out her frustration in the triple jump. There, Brown finished with a mark of 38-2 – a personal record.


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