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Halie Sciury took a big leap forward in her first two years of high school.
The Sandy Valley High School soon-to-be junior qualified for the state track meet in both her freshman and sophomore years. She will also be part of a jump this year as part of the Sandy Valley soccer program.
Sciury recently looked back on her feats on the track and looked ahead to the coming soccer season. She noted back-to-back appearances in Columbus are no small thing to jump over.
"It was a huge accomplishment because that's really the main goal with state being the biggest track meet of the year," Sciury said. "Most people can't even get there and for me to get there as an underclassman really meant a lot to me and helped me out a lot for my future."
During the 2015 outdoor state track meet at Jesse Owens Stadium, Sciury finished 11th in the long jump at 15-10.25. At this year's state meet, Sciury leapt 17-1.25 to finish ninth.
Sciury expressed some disappointment in finishing one place away from being on the podium and receiving all-state honors.
"Obviously, my goal next year is to be on the podium," she said, "but I wasn't disappointed in my performance."
On her way to Columbus, Sciury made her mark at this year's Inter-Valley Conference meet. She broke a school record with a distance of 17-7.
"That's always my main goal really to break the record," Sciury said. "I actually thought I broke it the past year, but there was some miscommunication, so actually breaking it this year was probably my favorite memory of my track career so far."
Sciury's interest in track runs in her family. Both of her parents ran in high school and her brother competed in the long jump.
Last year was a difficult year for Sciury in her other athletic interest. She sat out the first half of the soccer season with a double sprained ankle and a pumped artery.
"When I came back, I had a very hard time kicking the ball," she said. "I couldn't really kick hard at all with my right ankle. That's my dominant foot. It was very hard to run on, and it was super swollen and it's still slightly swollen."
Sciury rehabbed and returned after six weeks. The injury had some small lingering effects.
"I lost all muscle mass in leg in general," Sciury said. "So I had to come back from that. The way I would land long jump, my leg would sometimes go out weird and it would sometimes hurt my ankle. It was pretty decent come track season which was good."
Sciury and the entire Sandy Valley soccer program will be in new territory this fall.
Last year was the first the Cardinals had a varsity program. All participants were together on a co-ed team, but they were not eligible for postseason play. This year, the Cardinals will have a separate boys and girls team, and both will be tournament eligible.
New girls head coach Victor Morales has spent time with his new group. He's expressed a goal during summer workouts of reaching at least a .500 winning percentage.
"He understands that we are brand new team," Sciury said. "He's just really hoping for the best and that's pretty much what I'm hoping for too."
When her junior year starts in just a couple of weeks, Sciury's biggest hopes are to continue to develop.
"Probably seeing how I improve in both sports, mainly track, and seeing what I can possibly do if or when I get back to the state track meet and how that plays out this year," she said. "I'm really hoping at the end of the season I can start to get college recruitments."