Trojans standout has set goal of clearing 5 feet, 10 inches

Taylor Pennington’s desire to be the best literally involves a running start.

Somewhere between the first of her carefully choreographed steps and lift-off, Center Grove’s high-jumper builds the acceleration necessary to help launch her 6-foot frame over a fiberglass bar.

Pennington’s hope is that it, along with her own technique, is enough to someday make her the Trojans’ first girls state champion in track and field.

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