MISSOULA — Missoula Sentinel junior Lauren Heggen is already kicking off her 2019 track and field season with a bang.
This past weekend, Heggen competed at the Texas A&M High School Classic in College Station, one of the country's top high school meets. She won the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet and 10.25 inches.
Heggen also competed in the long jump and 60-meter hurdles. She finished ninth in the long jump at 17-4 and she placed 17th in the prelims of the hurdles, one spot outside of qualifying for the finals.
Heggen won the triple jump at the State AA track meet back in May with a jump of 39-7, which broke the all-class record that was set at 39-2 by Whitehall's Kelle Glaus back in 2010.
In a wild sequence, Heggen broke the Class AA record by jumping 38-11.25 in the prelims which was set by Sentinel teammate Ashley McElmurry the year prior at 38-7.75. Then, McElmurry, who is now a senior and a University of Nebraska commit, broke the all-class record herself at 39-5.25 before Heggen took the state title at 39-7 and new, new record at 39-7.
Heggen is also the defending 100 hurdles champion.
This summer, Heggen also earned All-American status at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships when she leaped 39-4.75.
With Heggen and McElmurry back as the state's top leaping duo and more returners, the Sentinel girls are aiming to earn their third straight team title this spring.