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High school notebook: Hempe, Hirata head to South Dakota

HIRATA SIGNS ON

Hempe won’t be the only Stafford native at South Dakota in 2019. Stafford senior pole vaulter Gennifer Hirata signed with the Coyotes last week.

Hirata, who trains at Xtreme Heights in Richmond, is a three-time state champion and a five-time all-state performer. She was runner-up at the New Balance Outdoor National meet in the event this past June. Her career-best vault of 13 feet, 2 ¼ inches puts the All-American No. 2 all-time in Virginia history, just ¾ of an inch shy of the all-time record.

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