WICHITA — Stockton junior Kian Coffey picked up his first gold medal at the state meet on Saturday in Wichita and added two more silvers, but still wanted more out of his third showing at Cessna Stadium.
His long jump of 44 feet, 7.5 inches won by nearly two feet, but his second place in the long jump (21-4.25) was a little bothersome.
“I should be pretty happy, but I was expecting more for myself,” Coffey said.
The frustrating part came in the margin of his loss. Peabody-Burns’ Cody Partridge won the event, at 21-4.50, just a quarter of an inch beyond Coffey’s best.
“That’s what’s so disappointing,” Coffey said. “If I would’ve lost by seven inches, it wouldn’t have been bad.”
He collected his second silver medal in the Tigers’ 400 relay. He ran the second leg, as the Tigers finished in 44.55, .02 seconds back of the champions, Hanover.
Coffey attributed some of his finishes to hip problems, while Saturday’s condensed schedule didn’t help, either.
“My body’s not really the strongest right now,” Coffey said. “My hips have been popping out every time I jump. I haven’t been competing my best, and then cramming it all into one day wasn’t helping at all.”
Teammate Kylar Williams joined Coffey in the relay and placed fourth in the long jump at 20-10.75. Coffey planned to spend the summer working on his hips and strength to produce what he hopes will be a multi-win senior season. With another year of work, the Stockton junior expects improved results both individually and for the team.
“Coach is always on us about working extremely hard no matter if he’s looking or not,” Coffey said. “We’ve got a good program going in Stockton.”