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Heading into the Wyoming State High School Track and Field Championships two weeks ago, Lyman senior Ann Wingeleth wasn't sure what to expect.

By the time the meet ended, Wingeleth had four state titles, a Class 2A record triple jump of 37 feet, 10.25 inches and all-class marks in both the long jump (19-9) and the high jump (5-8.25).

"I was hoping to have a good meet," Wingeleth said, "but I wasn't expecting those kinds of results.

"I think I even surprised myself a little bit with what I did at state."

As a result of her accomplishments, Wingeleth has been named the Star-Tribune's Girls Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. Others considered for the award were Cody's Emily Reed, Burlington's Zariah Tolman and Cokeville's Savannah Phillips.

"Working with Ann is a coach's dream," Lyman jumps coach Tom Wells said. "She is always willing to listen and she works harder than anyone to keep getting better."

Wingeleth, who will attend the University of Utah on a track scholarship, also won the 200-meter dash at the state meet to help lead the Eagles to a second-place finish behind Big Horn.

But it was Wingeleth's performance in the high jump at state that left the biggest impression on the lanky senior.

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"I hadn't hit marks like that since I was a freshman," she said. "And I almost cleared 5-10, so I was thrilled. Even though I didn't get it I know I have lots of room for improvement. I couldn't stop smiling when the high jump was over."

Wingeleth's record-setting high jump was even more memorable considering it was done with former Olympic champion Dick Fosbury watching from the infield.

Fosbury, the inventor of the Fosbury Flop, had a vested interest in Wingeleth's accomplishments after working with her at camps the past few years.

"When she first started coming to our camps she was just a twig," Fosbury said. "So I've really enjoyed seeing how far she's come.

"She just has really good technique and she's learned how to train. She discovered at an early age that consistency in training produces results."

Wingeleth's results extended beyond the state meet. At the Wyoming Track and Field Classic on May 1, she won the high jump and also set a meet record in the long jump with a mark of 19-6.5.

And on April 10 in her final home meet at the Lyman Invitational, Wingeleth won the 100 in 12.07 seconds to break the school record.

"I knew this was my last season," Wingeleth said, "so I made a point of living it like it was my last year. I just went out there and had fun and tried to do the best I could every time I competed."

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