WICHITA — Hoisington High School’s Savannah Rose did not have a repeat of last year’s Class 3A long jump state championship.
She traded it in for a state crown in the triple jump on Saturday at the 6-1A state track and field championships at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium.
“I’m happy with winning it,” Rose said. “I feel like I could have done better, but I’m still happy with my results.
“Long jump, I made some stupid mistakes that I shouldn’t have.”
With a leap of 37 feet, 7 1/2 inches, Rose won the second state title of her high school career, a career she said she would look back on and be happy with even though she felt like she didn’t live up to her potential in the long jump.
“Today, I’m a little upset with how I did,” Rose said. “I know that when I look back on this, I got first and I got third. It’s still a big accomplishment, so I’ll be happy with it.”
She reached a distance of 17-1 in the long jump, after a long wait for Garden Plains’ Sierra Hays, who had to leave the long jump to run the 300 hurdles.
“She did a wonderful job,” Hoisington head coach Mike Richter said. “You have your good days, and you have your bad days.
“She had a bad situation with the wait for the Garden Plains girl. They let her run the 300 hurdles and go up on the podium, so a lot of the jumpers got cold.”
On Day 1 of the state meet, Rose failed to qualify in the 400-meter dash, finishing ninth in the preliminary race with a time of 1:01.90.
She did qualify for the finals as part of a 4x400 relay team, finishing fourth with a time of 4:17.26.
Running those events the day before her jumps affected her performance, according to Rose.
“I jumped 37, which is not my best,” Rose said. “It’s just not my day today. We had the prelims yesterday, and usually I come in to my jumps completely fresh, and I had two quarters before I even jumped. I felt a little tired. I just made some stupid mistakes. You live and you learn, I guess.”
Rose came into the meet as the third seed in the triple jump behind Sedwick’s Jamie Lovett and Garden Plains’ Sierra Hays.
Lovett, who qualified in with a jump of 37-7, did not compete. Hays finished third at 36-5 1/2.
Conner Schultz finished second at 36-11 1/4.