Hayward Hurricanes senior Riley Dobbs saved his best leap for last and emerged as the state runner-up in the triple jump at the WIAA Division 2 track and field championships at UW-La Crosse Saturday, June 1.
Dobbs also competed in the long jump on a hot-weather Friday and placed ninth with a leap of 20 feet, 10.5 inches — one foot off his school record.
“It didn’t go as well as I wanted it to,” Dobbs said. “So I came into the triple jump (on Saturday) with a little chip on my shoulder, wanting to jump better to impress my coaches.”
Dobbs uncorked a hop, skip and jump totaling 44 feet, 2 inches on his first effort in the triple — six inches off his school record. He made five more triple jumps, but none exceeding that first distance. He finished 16 inches behind first-place Jo’Vontae Coleman of Beloit Turner.
“A lot of those (other) guys jumped their PRs (personal records) and I didn’t go up to their level,” Dobbs said.
Dobbs has committed to attend UW-La Crosse this fall and will compete on the Eagles’ track team.
“My parents (Becky and Tom) have been my biggest supporters through all this,” Dobbs said. “They haven’t missed a meet all year. The same with my jumping coach, Teri Gedart, and head coach (Ben) DiSera. Those are the big ones (supporters).”
Hayward senior Chase Roehl placed 12th in the triple jump at 41-4.25, and was 13th in the long jump with 20-4.5.
Hurricanes junior Tanner Johnson placed 13th in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 41.68 seconds.
In the Division 2 girls events, none of the Hurricanes made the podium.
The 4-by-800-meter relay foursome of sophomore Ingrid Sokup, junior Nel Hanson, sophomore Eliana Malnourie and senior Hailey Miller placed 11th in 9:50.13, breaking their week-old school record of 9:51.04.
The 4-by-400-meter relay team of Clifford, freshman Ana Johnson, sophomore Holly Miller and senior Hailey Miller placed 12th in 4:10.66.
Sophomore Sierra Clifford competed in the 400-meter dash, where she placed 15th in 1:02.03.