Jeff Corean: "I'm here with Junction senior Kaitlin Lumpkins who won the high jump state 1A gold medal with a jump of 5'5. Kaitlin, first of all congratulations do you remember that moment? Of course you do, it just happened. How was that moment?"
Kaitlin Lumpkins: "It was pretty great. I was going in in third place whenever I cleared 5'4 on my third attempt. So I was on the medal stand, but it wasn't good enough for me my senior year. The other girl had missed her first attempt so it was my turn, which I cleared it. Then the girl missed it and that put me in first. It was incredible. It was just an amazing feeling."
Jeff: "Knowing that you have to make this jump to win the gold, a few moments before you make that jump, what are you thinking? What is your preparation?"
Lumpkins: "I just clear my mind, take a deep breath and tell myself you got this, I can do it. Then I just go from there."
Jeff: "Then your back hits the matt, then you realized you cleared it, you just won the state medal, did you jump up?"
Lumpkins: "I actually did jump up. I jumped up pretty excited and just looked at my fans. I couldn't have done it without my dad and my fans. It was a great feeling."
Jeff: "Track has been a lot of work for you all four years and it's paid off. Next year you're going to ASU on a track scholarship. What were some of the decisions that went into choosing ASU?
Lumpkins: "Well, I had chosen Tarleton at one point, but I started looking at ASU. Coach Reid came down and talked to me. Their background is really great. They just won their sixth Lone Star Conference championship. I think I'll be in a good spot going to ASU."
Jeff: "What were some of your influences growing up in track?"
Lumpkins: "I started track when I was five years old. My dad ran for ASU too. It's just been a family thing. My brother looks up to me."
Jeff: "How old is your brother?"
Lumpkins: "He's a seventh grader right now."
Jeff: "What are some of the things you work with you brother with everyday in the track and field aspect?"
Lumpkins: "Well, he's trying to beat me in the 300 hurdles and high jump. We work really good together and we really love each other."
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