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Top 10: 3. Heitman wins Class A high jump

Lake City junior Ethan Heitman won the Class A high jump championship this year. Heitman cleared 6 feet, 6 inches, just nine months after tearing his meniscus and ACL. Photo courtesy Ethan Heitman

Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018.

Lake City's Ethan Heitman took the Class A high jump championship after defeating four other jumpers.

Heitman cleared 6-foot-6 in his first attempt, TJ Jok of Annadale cleared it on his second attempt. Yahya Madar of Mounds Park and Saje Scheeler of Christ's Household of Faith each failed on their three attempts to clear the height.

At 6-7, neither Heitman nor Jok could clear the height so Heitman was awarded the championship due to his clearing of 6-6 one attempt better than Jok.

Just to get to the championship was in limbo for Heitman as he needed surgery to repair his ACL and meniscus. Clearing his jumps became a mental hurdle, not just a physical one. Despite that, he qualified for state and won the gold even though, "my quad (on the injured side was) still just 80 percent of the other one."

When healthy, Heitman plans to jump 7 feet; a goal less improbable than his comeback.

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