State long jump title a slam dunk for Rudroff

MOKANE — Garner Rudroff had his mind on hoops. Specifically, what can be one of the most dazzling plays in the sport.

That’s where the South Callaway junior’s head has been when competing in the long jump, an event he just picked up for the first time coming into this season.

Rudroff profited from a vertical leap of 34 feet, 3 inches — plus his skill in dunking a basketball — in soaring to the state title in the long jump last Saturday at the Class 2 state track and field championships in Jefferson City.

Rudroff, who stands 5-10 and visualizes slamming a basketball before each jump, easily claimed the state championship with a leap of 21-11 1/2. Maplewood senior Lawrence Hogue was a distant second at 21-4 1/4.

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