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Ruffner qualifies for state for Lady Vandals

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By Andrew Harner

Vandalia senior Sierah Ruffner will make her third trip to the state track meet after qualifying in the high jump at Thursday night's sectional meet in Carlinville.

Ruffner cleared the automatic state-qualifying height of 5 feet, 2 inches to place third at the sectional, and will jump at state next Thursday at the Class A state preliminaries on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

She has cleared 5 feet, 5 inches this season, and will be looking to better her best jump at the state meet, which is just 5 feet.

Any athlete who clears at least 5 feet, 2 inches in the state preliminaries qualifies for the state finals, which are next Saturday.