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District 3 Track & Field: For Boiling Springs' Sydney Hemler, a bronze and massive triple jump PR is the perfect finish for her career
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District 3 Track & Field: For Boiling Springs' Sydney Hemler, a bronze and massive triple jump PR is the perfect finish for her career

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SHIPPENSBURG — Everything was going Sydney Hemler’s way Saturday.

So much so, she successfully pulled off the “your shoe’s untied” prank while chilling between jumps. But more importantly she not once, but twice set a PR in the triple jump.

Her second last leap, a 34-6, will remain her crowning track achievement. The Boiling Springs senior walked off the field for the final time at Shippensburg University after the District 3 Track & Field Championships with a bronze medal and the widest smile.

“It’s so bittersweet [for my career to end],” she said shortly after the medal was draped over her neck. “I’m ready to move on, but at the same time unlacing my spikes for the last time was just a shot through the heart.”

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Over four years of soccer, basketball, drumming and jumping/running, Hemler has a haul of eight District 3 medals. A consummate Bubbler, she’s been integral in a district soccer title, weathered trying seasons on the hardwood, and struggled in her pursuit of an elusive PR in her best event.

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This comes all while she’s coping with the emotions a senior typically battles as the days and weeks fly by before graduation.

“All of it,” she said when asked what’s been on her mind with her high school career rapidly coming to an end. “It’s constantly on my mind. No matter what I try to do, I’m always thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, graduation is in two weeks.’ And every day it seems to just be going faster, and I just want it to slow down a little bit.”

At least for this one day, Hemler said, things did slow down.

On Friday she posted a 15-7.75 in the long jump for a sixth-place medal. Less than 24 hours later she walked onto the turf trying simply to crack 34 feet for the first time.

Her previous best was 33-2, she said, and she topped that early by four inches. Then in the finals, she shattered that mark by another foot. It was a foot short of the PIAA qualifier, but that hardly mattered.

.@Cuter_Blue, her last triple jump a 33-9. She set her PR twice today, and her 34-6 on the previous jump is more than enough for a medal. pic.twitter.com/Y0UYc8kUDj

— Jake Adams (@jakeadams520) May 18, 2019

“I’m very competitive,” Hemler said. “And for me it was just, last — this is it. … It was just a different drive that I had to get something done.”That soccer gold will forever occupy the most sacred place in her heart, at least among her athletic achievements.

“Oh, that was just such an accomplishment,” Hemler said. “Just not only for my team, but even for me — it just meant so much. Watching my sister [Madison] get to that point, it was my turn to have a go at it. It just meant a lot to my family.”

While not the same magnitude, there’s also something special about that final medal for uber-competitive athletes — especially when it’s the best showing they’ve ever had. It’s a script she couldn’t have written any better herself.

“I just couldn’t be happier right now.”

Email Jake Adams at jadams@cumberlink.com or follow him on Twitter @jakeadams520

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