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Floerke overcomes injury-marred year to earn state trip

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.

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