Fahrnbauer ran the 300-meter hurdles and 400 run, and she anchored the 1,600 relay team in addition to her role as the Lady Grizzlies’ top high jumper. On occasion, she would even compete in the long jump.
Fahrnbauer finished with the top Creekview mark in many of her events, and she went on to win the Region 7AAAAA and state titles in the high jump. At the county meet, she placed second in the 400 run and 300 hurdles, anchored the winning 1,600 relay team and was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the meet.
The top marks weren’t anything unexpected from the junior, who was the Class AAAAA runner-up in the high jump as a sophomore and helped set a new school record in the 1,600 relay.
In each of the Lady Grizzlies’ meets this season, Fahrnbauer could be counted on to score between 20 and 30 points.
For setting the bar high for the county’s athletes, Fahrnbauer is the 2014 Cherokee Tribune Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Fahrnbauer said the highlight of her season was winning the state title after coming up just shy the previous season. She became just the second Creekview athlete — after wrestler Joseph Sorrentino earlier in the year — to win a state title.
“We didn’t have any other girls that qualified for state this year,” Fahrnbauer said. “It was nice helping the team out.”
Even though Fahrnbauer was the only Creekview athlete competing in Albany, and she was only entered in one event, thanks to her 10 points, the Lady Grizzlies finished 19th in the team standings.
Because the high jump is Fahrnbauer’s primary event, she spends the most time working at it. Before a jump, she goes over the steps in her head and then clears her mind so she can focus on her technique.
“You have to maintain your speed,” Fahrnbauer said. “You have to jump up and high, as high as you can.”
This was Fahrnbauer’s sixth year competing in the high jump after first trying the event in middle school.
“I was in the sixth grade and it looked really fun,” she said. “I figured, why not. I just stuck with it. I actually think I still have the school record at my middle school.”
Looking back on her first time attempting the high jump, Fahrnbauer admitted that it came easily to her, particularly because she is tall and thin.
“I just know that I never used my arms,” Fahrnbauer said. “In sixth, seventh and eighth grades, my mom was my coach, and she would get onto me for not using my arms, and to this day, I still don’t use my arms.”
In the high jump, athletes will often use their arms to generate force in order lift them higher in the air and over the bar. Fahrnbauer’s technique may be unique, but she say it works for her.
Looking toward her senior year, Fahrnbauer is still hoping to attract the attention of some colleges. The work she puts in with her club team will help with that as Fahrnbauer will compete at nationals next winter before beginning her final high school season.
“I hope to get top-five (at nationals),” she said. “We will compete in the winter and then again next summer.”
If Fahrnbauer can defend her state title next spring, she won’t complain. As a freshman, she placed fifth in the high jump at the state meet, so placing as a senior would put her on the podium each season.
“I definitely want to go back to state next year,” she said. “I’ve gone every year so far.”