Papillion-La Vista only brought five girls to the state tournament but that didn’t stop them from making noise.
Three state medalists combined to rack up 31 points for the Monarchs, who finished in a tie for seventh in the Class A team standings.
Leading the way was Erica Broin, who claimed the Class A state title in the high jump. The Papio junior cleared 5-foot, 5-inches to earn the Class A state title after finishing tied for second in the event last season.
After missing on her first two attempts at 5-5, Broin was just focused on clearing the bar.
“My mindset was just to get over the bar,” she said. “I knew that I had gotten over the bar before so I knew going up there I could do that.”
Broin was tied with Marian’s Lauren Harris for the best height in districts but Harris wasn’t able to match Broin’s 5-5 height at state. Broin wasn’t too worried about what her competitors were doing and just kept focusing on her jumps.
“I was trying not to worry about everybody else and just focus on myself and do the best I could,” she said.
Finishing fourth in the high jump was Broin’s teammate Norah Sis, who was the Class A state champion last season. Broin and Sis now both have a state championship as the duo will enter their senior seasons looking to break the tie.
Despite competing in the same event, the two jumpers are very close.
“The push each other and they have a really good bond with each other,” Monarch coach Dana Janssen said.
Broin, who also placed sixth in the triple jump, puts in the hard work and deserves the successful state meet.
“She does everything right and she always wants to work harder than the person next to her,” Janssen said.
Jordan McDonald also racked up some team points for the Monarchs. The senior thrower was the state runner-up in the discus and also earned a fourth-place medal in the shot put.
“She holds school record in the discus — she broke her own record from last year,” Janssen said. “From seeing her as a seventh grader and by the time she got it all figured out it was really good to see that growth.”
This was the third straight year McDonald medaled at state in the discus, earning her best finish of her career. Despite not throwing as long as she wanted, her toss of 128-09 was good enough for second.
“It would’ve been cool to get a PR but it was a pretty good way to end the season and my career,” McDonald said.
The goal all year for McDonald was to medal in the shot put and she accomplished that Saturday when she recorded a 39-04.75 toss in her first throw that held up for fourth.
“Usually the discus is my favorite event but this season it was the shot because I really wanted to medal in it,” McDonald said.
The Monarchs were a tight-knit group and that resulted in a great showing at state. However, it was bitter-sweet because it meant the season was over.
“I’m sad it’s done,” McDonald said. “I cried (after the discus Friday) and I’ll probably cry some more later.