It might be easy to assume that a returning state qualifier would feel confident about earning a return trip to Austin.
But that is not always the case.
Gregory-Portland’s Riley Floerke made it to state in the girls pole vault last year, finishing second as a freshman.
Getting back to Austin wasn’t easy.
The sophomore broke her ankle playing volleyball and then early in the track season took a spill and hurt her shoulder, keeping her out of action for two meets.