After a sophomore season in which South Pasadena High's Claire Kieffer-Wright won a CIF State individual championship, led her squad to a CIF Southern Section Division III team title and was named the All-Area Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year, there remained one big question.
Could the junior repeat?
"Had success come early? Sure, that's something we thought about briefly," South Pasadena High jumps coach Eugene Hutchinson said. "Had Claire done too much, too early in her career? Would the desire be there? We thought about that for a little, but only a little."
While Kieffer-Wright's 2012 success revolved around her state-winning high jump mark of 5 feet, 10 inches, her 2013 season didn't include a state crown.
Yet, it could be argued that Kieffer-Wright's just-concluded track and field season proved that the 16-year-old South Pasadena resident was more than a one-jump wonder.
"Going into my sophomore year, I think most people thought of me as a volleyball player, including myself," Kieffer-Wright said. "Then I won the state title, which was amazing, and I had friends asking me what it was like and what I was going to do next and if I could do it again."