Adia Eberle waited until the bar reached 5 feet to make her opening attempt in the Missouri Class 1 girls high jump on Friday, the same height where the Midway senior bowed out last season.
That, more than anything else, symbolized the difference between her disappointing junior season and her satisfying final appearance in the Missouri Class 1-2 state track meet. Eberle won the high jump, a feat she also accomplished as a sophomore, with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches and came within a whisker of breaking the all-Class 1 mark.
“Today was a relief,” Eberle said. “I was nervous today, for sure.”
Being back at Jefferson City High School’s stadium was feeding into those nerves, because it was the same venue where she finished in fifth place with that 5-0 mark last season. Even clearing a season-best 5-7 in winning her sectional meet earlier this month couldn’t completely calm her.
“I didn’t want it to get in my head like it did last year,” Eberle said. “So I just had to take a deep breath and jump like I know I can jump.”
Eberle was still collected enough to clear every height she attempted on her first try until she reached 5-5. By then the title was hers after Evelyn Carswell of School of the Ozarks made her third miss at 5-4.
After clearing 5-5 on her second try and sailing over the bar at 5-6, Eberle decided to take a shot at 5-7 1/4 and eclipsing the Class 1 mark of 5-7 that was set in 1993. She almost made it on her first attempt when she clipped the bar with her heel.
Setting records, though, wasn’t Eberle’s goal Friday.
“I just wanted to clear 5-2,” said, Eberle, who will compete for the University of Kansas next year. “I just wanted to do better than I did last year.”
Northland Christian’s Dalton wins shot put
Chase Dalton of Northland Christian Academy didn’t make it to state last year. Not even close.
And he took it to heart.
Dalton, a senior, used that sixth-place finish at sectionals to motivate him all the way to a state championship this season. He won the Class 1 shot put with a toss of 47 feet, 2 1/4 inches, and he credited that disappointing day at sectionals last season to pointing him in the right direction.
“I’m a competitor first, and I don’t like to lose,” Dalton said. “It was painful for me, and so that Monday after I lost in sectionals I started training for this year.”
That training helped Dalton go an impressive 51-8 1/2 in winning his sectional a week ago, and it helped him battle back in Friday’s final. He began the final round on Friday in fourth place and didn’t land his winning throw until his sixth and final attempt.
“I’m super excited,” Dalton said. “I’ve only been throwing for three years, and God has just put some amazing people in my life that have allowed me to get to this point.”
▪ Christen Robins of KC Lutheran is the top qualifier for Saturday’s Class 1 boys 100-meter dash final. Robins, who ran a time of 11.30 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries, also qualified for the 200 final.
▪ Lutheran also has the No. 3 Class 1 girls 100 qualifier in senior Emma Bearden. Bearden also anchors Lutheran’s 400-relay team, which had the third-best qualifying time.
▪ Madison Fulte of Orrick qualified for the finals in the Class 1 girls 100 and 300 hurdles.
▪ Jessica Sader of Knob Noster won the Class 2 girls javelin with a throw of 137 feet, 10 inches. Since this is the first year javelin is an official event, Sader now has Class 2 meet record.
▪ Kirsten Poole of Lone Jack qualified third in the Class 2 girls 300 hurdles.
▪ West Platte placed third in the girls Class 1 3,200 relay.
▪ Aaron Woods of Drexel qualifies for the 110 hurdles finals, placing eighth.