Haugen having another remarkable season
Western Springs, 05/10/12--Lyons Township's Emma Haugen jumps in the triple jump event. Lyons Township High School hosted a girls sectional track meet Thursday afternoon. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 13, 2013 2:12AM
Emma Haugen’s participation in Saturday’s quadrangular track and field meet lasted about one hour.
Haugen arrived at Lyons’ South campus in Western Springs for the start of the indoor meet, attempted a few high jumps, cleared 5-foot-6 and was done for the day after another first-place finish.
Haugen had been scheduled to participate in the triple jump and long jump, but did not feel well enough to compete in those events.
Success continues to follow the sophomore from La Grange. In fact, the only difference from a year ago is now everyone has heard of her. As a freshman, Haugen came out of nowhere to win the Class 3A high jump at the outdoor state meet by clearing 5-7.
Soon she will begin another assault on the outdoor title.
“I’m trying to have fun, I guess,” Haugen said. “I have not thought about that (competing outdoors) yet.”
Lyons is close to concluding the indoor season. She will compete in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and 50-meter hurdles at the West Suburban Silver indoor meet, 4:30 p.m. Friday at York. She is an alternate in the 200-meter dash.
In the high jump, Haugen ranks second in the state this season. She has yet to receive an invitation to the Prep Top Times indoor meet March 22-23 in Bloomington, but that bid will surely come after the conference meet.
Haugen on Saturday tied her season-best high jump set previously at the York Invitational Feb. 28. Granite City’s Natalie O’Keefe (5-7) is the only girl in Class 3A to jump higher this indoor season. Haugen’s indoor personal best is 5-7 1/2.
Lyons’ first outdoor meet is the Downers Grove South Invitational April 6. To prepare for the sophomore season, Haugen participated in sprint workouts last fall with the cross country team.
Haugen’s championship last spring in the high jump allows her to become the second four-time high jumping champion in state history. Sterling’s Nicole Williams, who holds the state record of 5-10 3/4, won four Class AA championships between 2002-05.