LA CROSSE - Sandy Cohen has been known as a high flyer on the basketball court, but the Seymour junior gave another reason to call him that at the Division 2 state track and field meet Friday at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Cohen entered the meet seeded third in the triple jump but came away with first place after setting a school record with a jump of 45 feet, 6 inches.
"It's been difficult balancing AAU and track," Cohen said. "Today I happened to jump good."
He said he has competed in six meets this spring and even competed in a JV meet just to get some jumps in.
"I had to go to a JV meet because I hadn't participated in an outdoor meet yet," Cohen said. "I kind of felt awkward. It was just to help me."
Friday, Cohen was helped plenty by a tailwind, but then again so were his competitors. He entered the meet with a sectional mark of 44-11, but he took care of that.
"I didn't know what to expect," Cohen said. "I thought I could possibly jump 45. I felt pretty good with the adrenaline rush of being here at state.
"Coming in I was seeded third, I thought I had a chance to win."
Cohen was all smiles talking about his accomplishment, but he wasn't done this weekend. After winning the triple jump, he was going to turn into a spectator and watch his sister, Natisha Hiedeman from Green Bay Southwest, attempt to win state titles in long, triple and high jumps.
"She's a great athlete," Cohen said.
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