Furr sets sights on podium

Jenna Furr will make her third consecutive appearance this weekend in the OHSAA State Track &Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University and the recent Caldwell High School graduate would like nothing more than to place in the top eight and garner All-State honors for the first time.

Furr made her first appearance at state in 2012 and placed 11th in the 3200 meter run and duplicated that feat last season.

“I’m really happy to get to back to state. I was a little nervous going into the regional meet but it went well and now I’m really excited to be back,” said Furr who placed first in the regionals.

“That is my goal each and every year.”

Furr, who has signed her letter of intent to run at the collegiate level for Wheeling Jesuit University, owns the all-time Caldwell school record in the 3200m with a time of 11 minutes, 34.81 seconds.

For any chance at securing a top-eight finish, Furr will likely need to best her career best time.

“I would really like to get into the 11, 20’s,” said Furr. “The key is going to be to not start out too fast and to stay mentally strong.”

Not only has Furr been a force to be reckoned with on the distance runs, she has been equally impressive in cross country as she earned All-Ohio honors as she did in indoor track as well.

A three-time All-Eastern District and All-OVAC selection, Furr has also excelled in the classroom as she owns a 3.8 cumulative grade point average and has been named to the Academic All-Ohio team the past three seasons as well.

Caldwell High School head Track and Field coach Dugan Hill has coached Furr since she was in the seventh grade and the veteran coach knew the potential was there for some major accomplishments early on.

“You could see the talent and the work ethic were both there at a young age,” said Hill of Furr, whose younger sister Lindsay is also a member of the Caldwell track team. “Anytime you have someone that talented who works extremely hard the ceiling is high.”

Place or not place Furr looks forward to getting the chance to compete once again against the absolute best distance runners in the state of Ohio.

“I just love the chance to get run against the best competition,” said Furr, who is scheduled to run at 11:25 on Saturday morning.

“I want to make sure to get faster each lap and not lose focus.”

Hill summed up what a great accomplishment just making the state again is for Furr.

“Anytime you make it once to state it is awesome,” said Hill.

“To make it three years in a row is just really incredible.”