New Hampton’s Rachel Rinken gives it everything she has as she leaps into the long jump pit at the Class 2A state track meet last Thursday.

Rinken’s gutsy jump highlights great state for Chickasaw girls

Rachel Rinken knew she had to “hit” that first jump at the Class 2A state track meet last Thursday.

A little less than a month ago, the New Hampton junior had been involved in a farm accident, and she still isn’t anywhere near 100 percent.

“I knew the first one was huge,” Rinken said, “just because the longer it goes, the more it hurts. I mean you always want a good start, but I had to have it at state.”

And Rinken nailed it - soaring to a jump of 16-6.5 that ultimately gave her an eighth-place finish and the Chickasaws their lone team point of the meet.

For more on this story see the May 21 Tribune.

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