Emy Seeser

Camanche sophomore Emy Seeser has been efficient all year in her prime event, the long jump. She's been hitting 16 feet meet after meet, consistently placing and winning the event.

One thing Seeser is definitely not lacking is grit.

As just a sophomore, she's used to being a top area jumper already. She's looking towards the state meet next week after qualifying last season as a freshman.

She's got a little extra motivation this year. Seeser missed the mark for the Drake Relays by just an inch last month. She even attended an extra meet, the Lady Steamer Relays, in another attempt at hitting her mark. It just wasn't quite enough.

"I was disappointed," Seeser said. "But then I kept thinking about just working harder."

So although she won't be heading to the Blue Oval twice in one season, she still has the chance to go once this year. Her best jump of 16-10.25 happened in mid-April, and currently has her third in the district and 11th in Class 2A.

"100 % more motivated," Seeser said. "I feel like I'm going to keep pushing and practicing as hard as I can."

That's quite the feat considering she's working without a jumping coach of any kind. Seeser has been teaching herself since starting the event her freshman year. She also runs, sometimes in open events and sometimes with the Indians' relays.

Add in that she started the high jump recently and she does a little bit of everything. Even though she started doing the high jump just for fun, she's ranked fourth in the district after clearing 4-11. That's just three inches from the top jump at the state-qualifying site in Tipton.

That high jump skill does help her with her long jump, although they may seem like contradictory events.

"When I got up for long jump, I work for height more than width," Seeser said. "As long as I'm going higher and higher, it also helps with speed and distance."

The Indians travel to Tipton High School on Thursday to go for some state-qualifying performances. The Camanche girls are hoping to work in a couple of relays and open events along with Seeser's performances.

Last year, Seeser was the only one to qualify for the state meet.

She's feeling confident this year, not just with her consistency but also with her improvement. She steadily got better as they year went on as a freshman, and seems to be following a similar trend as a sophomore.

And if that's the case, that means her best leap is yet to come.

"I was very motivated when I was jumping [last year], Seeser said. "I ended up [getting my] personal best at districts. Around this time last year, I was not jumping as far. I already got my PR a couple of weeks ago ... I wasn't nearly this close last year."