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March 16, 2012 - 12 Salem Patriot by Chris White

Salem high jumper Tori Rozumek capped a brilliant indoor track season at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, March 2. The senior cleared 5-feet 7-inches – a personal best and Salem school record – to finish second overall amongst New England high jumpers at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA.

Rozumek qualified for the New England Meet

by capturing the New Hampshire Division 1 high jump championship back on Sunday, February 5. She jumped 5-feet 4-inches to take first place that day, but had cleared 5-feet 6-inches earlier in the season.

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knew what to expect and was able to just relax and focus on what I had to do,” she added. On top of her season accolades, Rozumek accepted a track scholarship to continue her career at the University of New Haven next year. She’ll study criminal justice, as she wants to work for the FBI or CIA when she graduates from college. A high honor student, education was the top priority in selecting New Haven, even though joining the track team also appears to be a good fit.

“I met the whole team,” Rozumek said.

In addition to this winter’s championship, Rozumek also earned Division I titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2011. She participated in the New England Championships for the first time at the end of last year’s indoor season, but fell short of her own expectations with a best jump of five feet, three inches for eighth place overall. Despite not having her best day, Rozumek’s first taste of New England competition helped her succeed the next time around. “Last year, I was kind of nervous because

it was the first time competing in that type of atmosphere,” Rozumek said. “This year, I didn’t feel like I had that much pressure to do well. I

“There’s a good team feeling even though track is mostly an individual sport. Everyone works hard and has fun at practice, which is something I look forward to doing.” Before Rozumek leaves Salem for New Haven, she has one more season to wear the blue and white. Entering her last season of spring track at Salem, she is looking forward to spending time with her teammates and finishing her career strong.

“I’m really excited to meet everyone who is coming out for track,” Rozumek said. “We have a really team-oriented group and everyone really cares about each other. I definitely want to hit 5-7 again and just go from there. Being able to qualify and participate in the championships again would be a lot of fun.”

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Salem high jumper Tori Rozumek jumped five feet, seven inches to finish second overall at the New England Championships on Friday, March 2

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