Mullen won the Division III state championship as a freshman, clearing 5-feet-7 inches. She didn’t get to compete as a sophomore because the season was cancelled by the pandemic. Last June, as a junior, she won the championship by reaching a Division III state-record height of 5-10¼ at Westerville North High School.
“I’ve been aiming for that record all year,” Mullen said at the time, “and I’m so happy I finally got it at the right spot: the state meet. That was exciting.”
Including all divisions, Mullen tied for the fifth-best height in state history. Taylor Burke, of Medina, set the record of 6-1¼ in 2011.
Mullen’s goal for her senior year is to clear 6 feet. She’s come a long way since she started jumping in seventh grade. A video of her first jumps played at her signing ceremony. She said it was “really embarrassing.”
“It was the least athletic thing I’ve ever seen,” Mullen said. “My coach was like, ‘Let me see what you have,’ and it was not a lot. He said we have work to do after that practice.”