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Yri battling through injuries again

Maddock track standout has qualified for state in four events

May 14, 2009
Matt Mullally

Benson County standout Sharisa Yri enters today's, May 16, Region 3 track meet in Fessenden with the state's top mark in the long jump and second best in the triple jump, and she has also qualified for the upcoming state meet in the 100 and 200 meters.

All this on just one good wheel.

The junior from Maddock has been battling a tight hamstring in her left leg for much of the spring.

"It's frustrating not to be able to go all out,' Yri said.

Nevertheless, her talent has still enabled her to compete at a high level. She's placed at or near the top in nearly every meet she's competed in.

As a freshman Yri placed eighth in the 100 meters and sixth in the 200 meters at the state meet and fourth in the triple jump.

Last year she was fourth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump. However, back spasms hampered her abilities to reach qualifying times in the sprints.

Benson County (Leeds-Maddock-Minnewaukan) coach Bobby Hoffner wonders just how good Yri could be if she didn't have to contend with the injuries.

The coaches have been particularly cautious this spring when the hamstring flared up, limiting her workouts.

However, the tapered-off workouts have hurt her conditioning. That was evident in a recent meet when she faded near the end of a 200 meter event. She still ran a qualifying time but had to settle for second.

Since then, her workouts have picked up, preparing her to be in as good shape and as healthy as possible come the Class B state meet in Bismarck, May 22-23

Her favorite event is the triple jump, "I love it because it's so different from any event,' she says. "You need natural talent to get up (height), but also need good technique."

She has both, and she ill be a contender for the title, and in the long jump as well. Her goal will be to hold onto her current standing in those events at the state meet. "That would make my year,' Sharisa said.

Yri was one of a many young, talented BC athletes a few years ago. Now she's one of the upperclassmen, expected to produce.

And if she can be at or near 100 percent, she has the potential to score some significant points for the Wildcats at state. "I know this year I'm looked at to step it a leader,' she said.



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