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McNary senior Megan Hingston qualified for the state meet in three events, but it was the 300m hurdles that was perhaps the most exciting.

Megan hit the second to the last hurdle and nearly did a “face plant,” as she terms it, but nonetheless finished second. Thus ensuring she will run this race at least one more time during her prep career.

M. Hingston

“I’ve been trying to figure out if my steps are off or if I was reaching,” said Megan. “Honestly, I can’t tell you which one it was. But I didn’t realize I was going to hit the hurdle. I thought I would feel it, you know, if I was going to. But I didn’t. And the next thing I knew my hands were on the ground. I kind of went in panic mode, scrambled up and luckily finished second.”

The top two qualifiers in each event automatically advance to state.

It was a different story in the 100m.

“I ran a PR in the 100 prelims. I wasn’t expecting it. But I was relaxed,” she said. “I also ran a decent time in the finals. No flaws like in the 300. I didn’t hit any hurdles.”

Megan also qualified for state in the shot put, where she is seeded sixth. She is seeded seventh in the 100 high hurdles.

“My goal is to run a clean race in both hurdle races,” said Megan. “Anything is possible at these big state meets. Just trying to stay positive and keep that concept in my mind the whole time. Have fun and enjoy myself.”