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Stacey Slaven competes at Drake Relays

May 2, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It hasn't been the season she wanted. Weather has played a big role in the season causing cancellations and postponements. Nonetheless STC junior Stacey Slaven competed among the 24 top talented female jumpers in the state of Iowa at the Drake Relays last Thursday.

"The first meets since we had so many cancelled, my season didn't really start out as I expected it to. So when I found out I was going to be (at Drake) I was really excited because I wasn't really sure because I wasn't having the best season. But I'm pretty okay with how I did," said Slaven."

The opening jump height was 5'0 which Slaven cleared successfully on her first attempt. The next height of 5'2 gave the junior some difficulties. She missed her first two attempts but managed to clear the third.

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STC high jumper Stacey Slaven clears height 5’0 at the Drake Relays on Thursday, April 26 at Drake Stadium.
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"I was really nervous because I had missed the first two for 5'2 so I was scared that I wouldn't make it. My goal was ultimately to jump 5'4 and get top 10 but it just didn't work out," said Slaven.

Coming to Drake helps to get the nerves out for Slaven for what will hopefully be her second year competing at the State Track and Field meet which will happen in a few weeks.

"Drake is harder. There is a lot more really good competition so State seems like less stressful," said Slaven.

This was the third year in a row Slaven has competed at the prestigious Drake Relays. Despite not hitting her goal she was still pleased with her accomplishments. "I'm just pretty proud of myself," said Slaven.

Winning the high jump was Green County's Megan Durbin with a jump of 5'7.



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