DES MOINES — North Linn’s Ryan Miller had one jump left in the boys’ long jump at the state track and field meet on Thursday at Drake Stadium.
The senior already had first place locked up, but he took his last jump anyway. His coach told him to “hit a big one.”
He jumped 22 feet, 3 3/4 inches, more than a foot farther than any of his competitors. Second-place Josh Heather of West Monona finished with a jump of 20-11 3/4.
“I was little worried because my first couple, I wasn’t jumping how I should be, especially down here with all of the intensity you have,” Miller said. “It felt good to really get that last one off — I wanted to get over 22 (feet) down here.”
Miller adjusted his starting point before his last jump. He didn’t care if he scratched, he just wanted a big jump.
“I know I hit a big jump right when I lift off the board,” Miller said. “Especially with this board, you can hear that clicking sound and right when I came off, I knew it was going to be a big one.
“When you pick your feet up and smack that sand, it’s pretty special when you hit a big one.”
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Another area victor was the Lisbon 3,200-meter relay team of Thatcher Krob, Keagan Jarchow, Cooper Siebrecht and Payton Bahl. The group finished with a time of 8:06.24. Second-place St. Albert finished in 8:12.61.
The two wins put North Linn and Lisbon in a tie for fifth with 10 points each after five events. St. Albert leads all 1A schools with 21 team points.
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