LA CROSSE, Wis. — Matt Davis may have ended the day with one gold medal, but it’s safe to say he was a two-time champion Friday afternoon at the WIAA state track and field meet at UW-La Crosse.
The Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg Division 3 junior high jumper originally won the event with a jump of 6 feet, 5 inches, but before the awards were given out, it was announced that an officiating error had taken place.
“It was really insane,” Davis said. “I thought I had it won and was waiting to get on the podium when all the coaches and officials gathered us and said we would need to re-jump.”
Six jumpers were brought back into the competition at the height of 6-3, which was apparently skipped during the first round.
“I was so tired by that time, and I was just upset that we were going to have to re-jump,” he said. “Luckily, my coaches had me well-prepared and did a great job of getting me pumped up for the second round.”
Davis again found himself as one of the last two standing, and tied his personal best with a jump of 6-6 to reclaim the title.
“I was supposed to run in the 200, but I decided to scratch because I really wanted to focus on my jumps,” he said. “My legs were already getting tired from doing the extra jumps and I just didn’t think they would do well in that race.”
Davis placed fifth in the high jump at last year’s state meet.
“If you would have told me last year that I would be a state champ in the high jump I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said. “It was great to be able to finish the season on a good note.”
For Fennimore’s Reid Larson, adding the long jump to his resume proved to be a smart move. In his first year competing in the event, the senior took home second-place honors with a personal best jump of 21-9 1/2.
“My coaches told me that I should give it a try this year,” said Larson, who also competed in the 110 and 300 hurdles. “I’m really glad I did it. There’s no better place to end your senior year than at state. I’m excited for one more day of competing.”
Larson advanced to the finals in the 300 hurdles with a ninth-place time of 41.9.
Teammate Logan O’Brien also made the podium with a sixth-place throw of 49-2 1/4 in the shot put.
Qualifying for today’s finals in Division 3 were the Lancaster and Darlington 4x400 relays and the Cassville/Potosi 4x100 relay.
In Division 2, the Dodgeville/Mineral Point 4x800 team of Dylan McGraw, Jerimiah Beasley, Peyton Tranel and Henry Keith brought home silver medals with a time of 8:02.96. Platteville’s Austin Jentz made his way to the medal stand with a sixth place throw in the shot put at 49-10 3/4.
Prairie du Chien’s Ben Teynor advanced to today’s finals in the 300 hurdles with a 10th place finish in 41.29.