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‘Absolutely.’ I’d always wanted to do it,” said Mandy. The Heptathlon consists of seven different track and field events over two days of competition. The first day athletes compete in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. On the second day, they compete in the long jump, javelin, and the 800 meters. “My freshman year, they taught me how to long 14 Toombs County Magazine jump and throw the shot put. And I’d never run an 800 meters before, so they started training me.” Everything was going great for Mandy. She placed at the conference championship her first year and continued to win. “I qualified for Nationals in the heptathlon, the high jump, and the long jump. It was definitely my event. I had great coaches too.”


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