Murray's Campbell impresses on national stage
MURRAY, KY -- The past year is one that 14 year old Grace Campbell will never forget.
Along with her track team at Murray Middle, Grace helped bring home their second straight state title. Campbell herself won three individual championships, including a state record high jump of 5'4". That is a big difference from when she first started learning to jump.
"The first time in 7th grade, I jumped 4'4"," Campbell said. "That is a foot less than where I am at now."
She has improved so much that last month she qualified for the AAU Junior National Olympics.
"I wasn't nervous because I was so highly ranked coming into it." she said. "I knew no matter how well I did, I was going to place."
At the end of the event, Campbell finished third in the nation with a jump of 5'4".
"A 5'4" jump is considered an elite jump according to US Track and Field," Murray coach Paul Glynn said. "Any time you can compete against anyone in the country at your age, and then finish third, you have to feel great about what you accomplished."
Not only has Grace excelled in the high jump, she has won state championships in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.
"I love the 100 and 300 hurdles," she said. "The feeling you get after you clear a height is great."
And that feeling is why she has been so good, even before she becomes a member of the Murray High School track team.
"My goal is six feet," she said. "By the end of my high school career, I will get that."
If she does reach that goal, it will be a Kentucky state record at the High School level.