Experience pays off for Trojan duo

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A lesson learned at last year’s state tournament paid off in a big way for Center Grove high jumper Taylor Pennington at Saturday’s IHSAA Girls Track and Field State Finals at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Complex.

The sophomore, who let nerves get the best of her as she stalled out in the regional round of last year’s state tournament, was the picture of calm all day and outlasted everyone but Oak Hill sophomore Janae Moffitt to claim second place in her first State Finals appearance.

Pennington, who was perfect through her first eight jumps, ran into trouble when the bar was raised to 5-feet, 8-inches, and only she and Moffitt remained in the competition. On her first attempt, Pennington got over the bar, but clipped it with her heels on the way down.

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