BY JIM MISUNAS
WICHITA – Macksville’s Jacob Rein did the best he could when he lost a 2A gold track medal on the final long jump attempt.
He made sure that didn’t happen again in the triple jump. Rein soared a career-best and school-record 45-11/2 to win first place by a stunning 2 feet, 3 inches. Rein’s long jump (21-81/4) was edged by the final jump by Bennington’s Jaquan Allen (22-1).
Instead of being heartbroken, Rein broke everyone else’s spirit with his second jump that broke his Macksville school record (44-1).
“I don’t know where that 45 feet jump came from,” Rein said. “But I got run out of gold on the very last jump. I didn’t want it to be that close again. I wanted some separation.”
Rein faulted on his first jump, then soared 45-1.
“I run straight down the runway as fast as I can,” Rein said. “You jump straight out and you want each jump to be about the same distance.
Rein doubled up in the sprint events with a third-place in the 200 (22.76) and a fourth-place in the 100 (11.17).
He plans to attend Fort Hays State University next fall and may compete in track. Rein said the Fort Hays State track coach has visited about some possible scholarship aid to compete in track next year. Rein said he hasn’t made a decision yet.
1A MACKSVILLE RESULTS
100m Q—4—Rein, 11.21
100m FINALS—4—Rein, 11.17
200m Q—1—Rein, 22.84
200m FINALS—3—Rein, 22.76
Long jump—2—Rein, 21-81/4
Triple jump-1—Rein, 45-11/2