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"I could probably coach for thirty more years, and not see anything like it." says Sentinel Track head coach Craig Mettler. 

According to Sentinel Track Head Coach Craig Mettler, this season on his team, there is an athlete so talented that she is destined to rewrite the Montana record books... And get this... Lauren Heggen, is only a sophomore...

"It's kind of hard for me to think too much in the future because I am kind of superstitious. I try not to think about numbers too much, because it can get in my head. I just try and focus on technique, and hopefully the results will follow that." Heggen says as she laughs.

Well if Lauren won't talk about her numbers, I will. Because they are astounding. As a sophomore, Lauren is first in the state in Triple Jump with 39 feet 7 inches...

And she is second in the state in the Long Jump, jumping 17 feet 11 inches...

And after deciding for the first time to run the 100 meter hurdles in high school events this season, Lauren Heggen is first in the state with a time of 14.92 seconds...

"I love the hurdles, because it is so much of an adrenaline rush that is so much different than jumping. Just getting in the blocks, it's just nerve racking and different, and I just love it. It's great." Heggen says.

To continue to grow and push herself, the humble track star has taken her talents outside the Treasure State, and competed against some of the nations best high school athletes. Earlier this spring, Heggen went down to the Stanford Invitational, where she finished 6th in the triple jump, and 20th in the hurdles.

"I went in with the mentality that I was a little timid, but then as I realized that I just had to keep telling myself that I can compete with these girls, because that is the only way you are going to mentally prepare yourself to compete." says Heggen.

"Good for her to be exposed to those other athletes. Because now she can see what is possible." says Mettler.

College track is in the future for Lauren, and according to her head coach, programs around the country are waiting for the sophomore to become a junior, allowing them to recruit to Spartan jumper.

"They are licking their chops, just waiting for that clock to hit so they can start speaking with her, so it will be interesting to see who will be reaching out." Mettler says.

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