Kupferschmid jumps into EHS record book

Tom Batters
Shelby Kupferschmid

It’s not really a hop, skip and a jump.

It’s more like a hop, step, and another jump.

Either way, Eureka High School junior Shelby Kupferschmid has the triple jump technique down to a science.

She broke the school record with her 35’1” mark March 19. That mark was the second best jump in all of Class A this season.

“That was a great effort, and she still has room for even more improvement,” said Eureka coach Don Samford. “I think she’ll get 36 feet before the season is over. And, that would put her right in the mix for a state medal.”

Samford said Kupferschmid works hard at all three phases of the jump.

“It’s misleading to call it a hop, skip and a jump,” he said.

He said the second phase is a big step that you have to execute perfectly in order to finish the rest of the jump strongly.

“It’s all about how the legs deliver the proper force in each phase,” he said. “She’s been working hard at getting her leg placement just right. She’s a very good athlete, and I expect her to get even better at it in the next few weeks.”

Kupferschmid qualified for the state finals in the triple jump as a freshman and sophomore.

This year, she said merely qualifying is not a high enough goal.

“I’m really determined to do well at state this year,” she said. “I expect to give it my all.”

Kupferschmid also leads off the 4X100 and 4X200 relays, which both won state medals last year.

Samford said she is also one of the candidates to fill Kelsey Holman’s spot in the 4X400 relay team, which won the state title last year.

Oh, and she competes in the high jump, too.

“She has such good speed. I like her in those relays,” Samford said. “We’ll see how the 4X4 plays out. I have three girls competing for that spot.”

High marks

More highlights from the Hornets from the March 19 meet at Monmouth College:

• Kelsey Heinold’s pole vault mark of 9’3” was the second best Eureka High School indoor all time and qualified for Indoor State.

• Kayla Bryant’s throw in the shot put placed her second on Eureka High School’s all time list.

“She threw almost 33 feet, which was a four-foot improvement for her,” Samford said. “I am really encouraged by what I’ve seen from her.”

• The 4x800 relay team (Kinsey Herrman, Taylor Watson, Kelsey Young, Natalie Puent) qualified for Indoor State.

“Kinsey dramatically lowered her time and Kelsey Young has been running really well,” Samford said. “Natalie and Taylor were impressive, too. That was a great race for all of them.”