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Harriet Bloemker may have been competing against herself in the Cornhusker State Games 85-89 age group for javelin Saturday at Lincoln High's baseball field — but that did not stop her from breaking a USATF record for her age group — three times to be exact.

Bloemker shrugged her shoulders on her first attempt.

“I just did not feel that good of a throw,” Bloemker said.

Little did she know her toss of more than 58 feet broke Barbara Brandt's mark set in Tempe, Arizona, in 2012.

“The second throw felt better, and the last one, with the coordination and everything, felt best of all.”

Once the Fremont native set the mark, she had no problem besting it with her second throw, and again on her third and final throw with a toss of 61-8.

“It surprised me today,” Bloemker said. “I think I've thrown farther today then I ever have in practice.”

Her record throw sent Cornhusker State Games officials into a frenzy.

“For me the goal is knowing what the national record is and to see if I can break it,” Bloemker said.

Bloemker, who started competing in the Cornhusker State Games in 1997, has always liked sports. She was entered in four different track and field events Saturday, but because of the heat decided to skip the high jump and 50-meter run.

Bloemker later set a national record in the discus with a throw of 54-2.

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