Track & Field

Ankle injury prevents Columbus International's Easley from a third straight long jump title

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Injuries to both ankles will keep Timia Easley from a third consecutive state championship.

The senior on the Columbus International High School girls track and field team had won the title for the past two seasons in the Division III state girls long jump at Ohio State. But Easley injured both ankles landing during practice June 5, two days before she was to compete in the Division II state meet.

“I have had different injuries over the years and worked my way through them,” said Easley, who won the title with an effort of 18 feet, 1 inch last season with a torn quad in her left leg. “I just came down wrong on my landing (in the pit). spraining both ankles and also tearing cartilage in my left.”

Easley competed June 7, but moving down the runway on crutches and with her left foot in a immobilizing boot past the springboard and into the pit. Her official result was a foul since she stepped over the springboard.

“I’m a senior, and I wanted to get my name on the board one more time,” said Easley, who was fourth in the Lexington regional with an effort of 16-5 3/4. “I didn’t want to make it past district and regional for nothing.”

Easley said she had signed with East Tennessee State in Johnson City. She won the Division III title in 2012 with an effort of 18-1/4.

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