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  • KING: Estes accomplished more than she knew

  • Morgan Estes wasn’t there two Saturday mornings ago when I ran into – almost literally – an old friend from high school as he bicycled with his wife on the Towpath Trail in Clinton.

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  • Morgan Estes wasn’t there two Saturday mornings ago when I ran into – almost literally – an old friend from high school as he bicycled with his wife on the Towpath Trail in Clinton.
    But if she had been there, then she would probably have a better appreciation of what she would accomplish later that day.
    The Green High School senior captured her second straight Division I state pole vault championship and set a state record in the process with an effort of 13 feet, 1/4-inch at the State Track and Field Meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus.
    To win one state title – in any sport – is pretty special. Only a precious few do it. But to capture another one is off the charts. That list is even shorter.
    Indeed, how cool is that? You go, girl.
    Estes needs to get a detailed map of the state of Ohio, with not just all 88 counties listed but also all of the little towns and burgs as well, and take a good, long, hard look at it. From the big cities to every little pin-dot of a place she sees – from Toledo to Tiltonsville, Wapokoneta to Warren, Independence to Ironton and Cincinnati to Chagrin Falls – she’s the very best, two years running now. She rules the state, and will continue to do so until a new champion is crowned next spring.
    But her state record could last even longer than that. She might end up being Ohio’s all-time greatest for some time. It is the gold standard, and a high one at that.
    As such, she has put not only herself, but also her high school and the Green community, on that state map. And, as we’ve said, she’s done it two years in a row. Thus, her excellence has stood the test of time.
    Estes is not old enough yet to fully realize what she has done. With the state meet, graduation, graduation parties and a myriad of other things going on in her life right now, her head is swimming. Things – all good – are coming at her from all different directions, and she needs to step back and squeeze every last drop of goodness from them. That’s what graduating seniors do. They’ve earned that.
    Indeed, this is the time of her life – until, of course, she goes to Kent State in the fall and continues her success there, on a much higher, brighter and more competitive stage. She’ll do more than hold her own with the Golden Flashes in the Mid-American Conference. She’ll do just fine.
    At some point, it will finally dawn on her just what she’s done these last two seasons, and it will bring a smile to her face. She will understand the significance of the kind of conversation my ex-classmate and I had.
    Page 2 of 2 - We were talking about sports – that’s what guys talk about a lot of the time – and he made mention of the fact that it’s very hard to be a state champion. For the record, he was specifically referring to high school boys basketball, but it could be any sport, boys and girls, including girls track.
    It’s not good enough to just be good enough to be a state champion. It’s not enough to just be great – to be the very best there is, hands down. Sure, it certainly helps, but it’s not enough by any stretch of the imagination.
    It takes much more. It takes all the stars aligning in just the right way so as to open that window of opportunity, and then you have to jump through that window and land on your feet – literally, in Estes’ case.
    So Morgan Estes has beaten not only her opponents, but the odds as well. What she’s done these last two springs is harder – and more improbable – than she realizes.
    Because of that, then, she is a champion in the truest sense of the word, a fact that is obvious even to the old guys who use the Towpath Trail on Saturday mornings.

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