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Three Forks’ Kendall Lynn competes for the Wolves earlier in April. After winning a Class B triple jump championship last year, she’s among the top three in the state in triple jump and long jump this season.

Kendall Lynn admits overthinking is a common problem for her.

But she knew she was capable of a distance that could win a triple jump state championship. So all she thought about was a strong final leap and holding her form as she flew through the air.

Soon after, Three Forks head coach Tracy Welter could see the happiness in Lynn’s smile. She had just accomplished her mission.

Lynn crossed 34 feet, 10 inches to win the Class B triple jump championship last season. That was her goal all along, but she didn’t know if it was realistic considering she didn’t make the divisional meet her previous season as a freshman.

Nonetheless, she found confidence in herself.

“I knew I had it in me,” Lynn said.

Lynn’s freshman year was her first season with the Wolves’ track and field team, having been homeschooled before that. Basketball is her first sport — she was a key contributor in Three Forks’ state tournament run this past season — but her parents convinced her to try track.

Before her first practice, she knew she wanted to try hurdles because she “thought they were super cool.” Then she tried long jump. Then an assistant coach convinced her to try triple jump and she “really loved that.”

“I got to see how much fun it was and the potential I had,” Lynn said. “So I worked on it.”

Welter said Lynn’s determination and dedication to the sport “is amazing” and that she sets an example for her teammates with simple tasks like proper eating and warming up conducive to a strong performance.

But Lynn’s key for development, Welter said, is that her confidence has increased every season she competes.

“Kendall’s a fabulous person and an amazing athlete. She works super hard,” Welter said. “She’s the greatest person and a friend to everybody and an athlete who works super hard and battles through any issue she’s ever had.”

Lynn is still trying to improve. She’s trying to be faster in her triple jump approach and feels she’s constantly refining each phase of her technique. With “just a lot of training” and continuous work with her coaches, she feels she’s more consistent.

But the key, she said, is physical and mental strength.

“I think too much,” Lynn said with a laugh. “I get to thinking too much and mess up my steps. But (coaches) really helped me clear my mind before it and just go for it.”

Three Forks junior Breanna Bloch said Lynn is a fun person to be around and gives her teammates helpful advice. Bloch added that Lynn is at her best when she has a clear mind.

But Lynn, who’s third among Class B girls this season with a 35-7.75 triple jump, is more confident than ever, Bloch said.

“Especially in track, you can see her overthinking, and I don’t think she needs to overthink because everything she does, she’s just naturally good at it,” Bloch said. “And I also think she becomes more confident after hearing her teammates tell her she’s doing good.”

Welter said Lynn is key for the Wolves because of her versatility and willingness to push herself and try different events. Lynn is also third in the state with a 16-6 long jump and has competed in high jump, hurdles and relays.

“She’s a really, really hard worker,” Bloch said. “She’s always positive.”

Last season’s finish provided Lynn a confidence boost. She knows she can’t be complacent against a tough field in the state this season, including her little sister who Lynn said is determined to take that state triple jump title this season.

But Lynn is confident in herself. Her goal is winning another championship, which she knows she’s capable of. She’s already done it once before.

“There’s a lot of great jumpers coming back,” Lynn said. “It will be some good competition.”

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.