DES MOINES – Cauy Spidle took eighth place in the high jump at the Co-ed State Track and Field Meet a year ago and came into Friday’s high jump with a title on his mind.
With a clearance of 6 feet, 4 inches that idea became reality as Spidle was named state champion in the boys Class 1A high jump.
The junior went on to clear 6-5, missing his personal record by a couple inches, but he wasn’t too concerned knowing that he had a state title to his name.
“It feels great. Kind of hard to believe it,” said Spidle. “There is a lot of people here. The atmosphere is great and just glad to be here.”
At the state qualifying meet in Leon, Spidle had just two words to describe his goal for the state meet.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Spidle admitted to some nerves early on, missing an attempt at 5-11, 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4 before ultimately clearing 6-5 on his first try.
“I just wasn’t feeling the best today, but it worked out,” said Spidle. “It was a lot better clearing 6-8 than 6-5. I mean I’ll take it, but it wasn’t my best day.”
The Cardinal admitted to jumping at less than 100 percent after racking his knee on a hurdle in Thursday’s shuttle hurdle preliminary round.
The miss at 5-11 clearly didn’t affect him too much as he laughed it off and cleared his second attempt with ease.
Though Spidle had the best jump in 1A coming into the meet, two misses at 6-3 and 6-4 made things a little interesting before he cleared the bar in his third try, solidifying his gold medal.
Central Decatur’s junior high jumper will have a chance to come back next year and continue to break his own school record and PR of 6-8.
Atwood ties for second
DES MOINES – A miss in her first attempt at 5 feet, 3 inches was the only thing separating Emma Atwood from a potential Class 1A state high jump title.
After clearing 5-3 in her second attempt, the bar was moved up two inches to 5-5, a mark that only her and eventual champion Lexi Jones of West Fork had cleared this season.
The four competitors remaining at 5-5 each missed all three of their attempts, ending the event by tiebreaker. Jones had not missed prior to her three tries at 5-5, giving her the title.
Coming in a tie for second wasn’t the result Atwood had in mind after taking fourth at the Drake Relays just a month ago on the blue oval.
“That’s going to stick with me,” said Atwood. “Hopefully, learn from it. Get it next year.”
Atwood’s lone miss at 5-3 came when her ankle clipped the bar just edging it off its mark after she couldn’t kick up and over it.
As a senior, Atwood will have another chance to get back to the Class 1A high jump finals and get the bitter taste of second place out of her mouth.
Last year, Atwood took third in Class 2A in the high jump.