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L’Anse Creuse senior wins third straight track and field state title
June 10, 2014
ROCKFORD — It had never been done before until Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse senior Jae’vyn Wortham did it at the 2014 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state track and field finals May 31 at Rockford.
With a throw measuring 140 feet, 5 inches, Wortham became the first athlete to ever win three straight state titles in the discus. The toss beat out second-place Maegan McCarthy by 5 feet, 5 inches.
Last year, Wortham won a state title with a throw of 144-6. In 2012, the L’Anse Creuse senior claimed her first state title with a hurl of 136-6.
“It’s a great feeling,” Wortham said June 3. “It didn’t really set in that I had won a third state title until I got home. I knew I had a lot of pressure on me going into (the state finals). I’m glad I was able to get it done. It still doesn’t feel real.”
The state title capped off a busy month of May for Wortham. On May 14, in front of teammates, friends and family, she signed to join the track and field team at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. She will throw discus and hammer, and compete in the weighted shot put at Troy.
“I just feel so excited to have accomplished something that’s never been done,” said Wortham, also a two-time All-County volleyball selection with the Lancers. “I went in having the belief that I could do it, and it means so much to be able to be a champion again.”
Her prep career with the Lancers may be over, but Wortham will compete in the Midwest Meet of Champions as a member of Team Michigan. The tournament, which includes graduating seniors from schools in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, takes place June 14 at Granville High School in Granville, Ohio.
Wortham’s throwing coach, Mike Hale, said earlier that she has come a long way and has worked extremely hard to improve her skills. He admitted he’s been hard on Wortham at times, but that he always had her best interest at heart. He even researched state discus champions dating back to the 1970s and didn’t find an athlete who had won three straight state titles.
“I always knew what she had the potential to be,” Hale said.