In the 10th grade, Evan Daley and Marcus Weaver both just wanted to see how high they could get. At what the Lewiston-Altura High School track and field team calls the “fun meet” which is one of the last meets of the year that features throwers doing sprints along with other anomalies you might not see often at track meets, both Daley and Weaver decided to have some fun of their own and do the high jump. They both cleared six feet.
“We both looked at each other and said well I guess we are high jumpers now,” Weaver said with a laugh.
Just two years removed from that day, the two punched their ticket to state together at the Section 1A meet both clearing the state-qualifying jump of 6-03 by clearing 6-05 with ease. It was just one of the highlights for the seniors. Daley also qualified in the long jump with a leap of 21-08 while the two finished one and two in the triple jump on Tuesday to make it three state events for Daley and two for Weaver.
Daley is still trying to wrap his head around it.
“I would have thought maybe high jump,” Daley said when asked if he thought making it to state in three events was even a possibility before the season. “It’s just crazy and insane to think about.”
Daley’s day started in the long jump where he leapt the state qualifying mark of 21-08 on his second jump. He was fired up clenching both fists, before letting out a triumphant, “let’s go.”
Weaver had a tougher start to his day. He was one of the favorites in the 110-meter hurdles before he clipped the very first hurdle that threw him off. He finished seventh (16.57) after coming in seeded seventh. But it turned out to be a silver lining for Weaver, who kept his head up and used the disappointment as fuel for the high jump.
“I was seeded second and I should have went to state, but I just hit that first hurdle and didn’t do so well from there,” Weaver said. “But I had quite a bit of anger built up after that.”
Weaver then cleared all the way up to 6-05 with little problem before a slight hip strain limited him from tying his personal-best and school record mark of 6-07 that he set at conference just a couple of weeks ago.
For Daley, 6-05 mark was a career best, but he wasn’t satisfied. He tried unsuccessfully to tie the school record of 6-07 that his good friend had set just weeks before.
“We always try to one-up each other,” Daley said of Weaver. “We are really close, we really push each other and that is part of the reason we are so good at the events we do. We obviously are just really close friends, but when we get on the track, we are like, ‘ok who is going to beat who today, let’s go get it.’
“He set the conference record here at 6-07, I just want. I just want to get that so bad. Just to tie him at least.”
“It gives both of us fire to keep getting better individually,” Weaver said. “He’s always like, ‘hey I’ll beat you this time and now I’ll get you.’ It’s just a lot of fun.”
Rushford-Peterson’s Triton Meldahl qualifies in 110-hurdles
Rushford-Peterson junior Triton Meldahl earned a trip to state by finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.73).
After seeing that he had qualified, Meldahl was in a little disbelief especially considering he had admitted he didn’t run his best race in the preliminaries on Tuesday.
“Well I’m not going to lie I got my butt handed to me on Tuesday,” Meldahl said. “I got whopped. I was just happy I made it. Today, I just knew I needed to get to the end and give it knowing it was my last chance.”
Meldahl was also in the finals in the long jump (4th, 20-09), as well as the high jump and the 300 hurdles.
O’Hare qualifies in both mile and two-mile
Just two days after taking second in the 3200, Rushford-Peterson sophomore Luke O’Hare made it a clean sweep by also taking second in the 1600 (4:35.62).
O’Hare was in a comfortable second-place throughout before finding another gear and sprinting the final 100 to finish strong.
“The plan was to just stay up above the front top two or three guys and just try to hold them in the last 400,” O’Hare said. “It’s just a great feeling knowing the work has paid off. It will be good experience with my first-time being up there.”