Almena-Northern Valley’s Caden Bach didn’t make it to the podium for the Class 1A high jump awards ceremony Saturday in the state meet, but it had nothing to do with his performance.
Bach literally couldn’t make it to the podium, despite winning the event with a leap of 6-6.
As soon as he completed the high jump, Bach had to rush over to compete in the javelin, forcing him to miss the podium ceremony.
"It didn’t (matter) to me, just my mom,” Bach said with a chuckle.
Fortunately, she got another chance to see her son recognized in front of the crowd at Cessna Stadium.
Bach doubled up in gold by also claiming the javelin with a throw of 189-08.
“I was a little nervous having to go back and forth,” Bach said. “But I figured it out.”
The junior cleared on his first five attempts in the high jump, winning the event when Hanover’s Williams Peters and Beloit-St. John’s Brady Palen failed to make 6-6.
“I felt pretty good about high jump,” Bach said. “I knew there was a big competitor in the javelin but I felt really good about high jump.”
Bach came through with the winning throw in on his third attempt. Centralia’s Joshua Haserkamp finished second with a 179-9.
“It’s great (to win two golds). I hope to do it again next year,” Bach said.
OSBORNE’S HOLLOWAY SWEEPS HURDLES
Osborne sophomore Darrien Holloway wasn’t fazed by his first state track meet, sweeping the Class 1A 110 and 300 hurdles on Saturday.
“It was awesome,” Holloway said. “It’s an unexplainable really.”
Holloway ran a 14.78 in the 110 hurdles for his first state gold, edging Southern Coffey’s Chonnor Ludolph, who ran a 14.88.
Holloway then posted a 40.60 in the 300 hurdles. Centrailia’s Dylan Boeckman was second with a 40.78.
He also finished fourth in the 100 with an 11.50.
“My goal was to win two (titles) and I did that,” Holloway said.
NORTON’S PETRIE CAPTURES 100
After helping Norton claim two relay state championships earlier in his career, Norton’s Tevin Petrie picked up his first individual gold by winning the 3A 100 dash on Saturday.
Petrie edged Hesston’s Parker Roth by an eyelash, clocking a 10.90 to nip Roth by just a hundredth of a second.
“As soon as I got that lead I was pretty confident that I had it sealed,” Petrie said.
Petrie said his confidence level was also high entering the meet.
“It’s a blessing, really,” Petrie said. “I knew I was capable, I just had to do it. Coming into this meet, I knew I had the abilities.”
Petrie also placed fifth in the 200.
COLBY’S SCHIPPERS WINS 200
Colby junior Jordan Schippers capped off a big day from the area’s sprinters by winning the 200.
Schippers ran a 22.78 to edge out Perry Lecompton’s Shane Quinlan.
Schippers also placed one fourth in the 100 with an 11.08.
HAYS HIGH’S NUNNERY TAKES FOURTH IN TRIPLE JUMP
Hays High senior Ethan Nunnery took fourth Class 4A triple jump with a leap of 44-6.50.
Nunnery hit his top mark on his fourth attempt.
Miege’s Cameron Key won the event with a 46-7.50.