It wasn’t the medal he sought, although Dodge City High School triple jumper Terrence Williams still took home the bronze Friday morning.

    “I didn’t jump as well as I wanted to,” Williams said, “but third place isn’t too bad. It’s all right.”

    Williams, a senior, entered the Class 6A portion of the triple jump in the 6-1A state track and field championships as the favorite. He was coming off a personal- and state-best quantum leap of 46 feet, five and one-quarter inches last weekend to win the regional championship at Wichita Southeast.


 It wasn’t the medal he sought, although Dodge City High School triple jumper Terrence Williams still took home the bronze Friday morning.
    “I didn’t jump as well as I wanted to,” Williams said, “but third place isn’t too bad. It’s all right.”
    Williams, a senior, entered the Class 6A portion of the triple jump in the 6-1A state track and field championships as the favorite. He was coming off a personal- and state-best quantum leap of 46 feet, five and one-quarter inches last weekend to win the regional championship at Wichita Southeast.
    On the big stage on Friday, Williams’ 44-6 3/4 jump was good for third place on a day where competition began at 8 a.m.
    “It was bright and early,” Williams said. “I just tried to prepare myself during the middle of the week to try and get in my pre-practices,” Williams said. “Waking up at 6 wasn’t too bad.
    “It wasn’t much of a transition.”
    DCHS boys’ head coach Buc Bolmer said he was happy for Williams to finish near the top of the pecking order.
    “I think he did fine,” Bolmer said. “He just had an incredible jump last week and I know he had another one in him. He just didn’t have it (on Friday).
    “Hopefully, his disappointment will fuel him for the high jump.”
    Today, Williams sets his sights on his other specialty
    “My expectations in the high jump right now is trying to get my PR at 6-6, like I’d like, and compete hard and possibly get first,” said Williams, whose personal best is 6-4. “I’m jumping 6-4 pretty consistently and I think I can get up there around the 6-6 range.
    “Having a day off instead of doing all of the jumps in one day, I’m pretty sure that it will help me out a lot. I’ll be ready.”

100-METER HURDLES
    DCHS junior DaShonda Johnson qualified for the finals in her specialty after clocking 15.60 seconds on Friday.
    “She had her second-best time overall in the prelims,” DCHS girls’ head coach Brian Lenz said.
    Johnson said, “I think I could have done better. I think I’ve got everything right, except my (right) knee was kind of giving out on me right now.”
    Senior Lauren Marshall also competed for the Demons
    “Lauren ran well in the hurdles, but she didn’t qualify,” Lenz said.
DISCUS
    For the second straight week, junior Bruce Campbell established a personal best in the discus.
    As a result, the Class 6A regional champion took home fourth place on Friday morning with a heave of 156-2, topping his first-place regional throw of 152-4 1/4 last weekend at Southeast.
    “I did it on my first throw,” Campbell said. “It kind of went downhill from there. I mean not too much downhill, but fatigue kind of played a factor.”
    Campbell’s confidence has soared the past couple weeks.
    “He’s just going to build it,” Bolmer said of Campbell. “I think he’s going to get more and more serious (about the discus), so the sky’s the limit for him.”
    Ditto for DCHS freshman Bryce Sonday, who didn’t place.
    “He was the only freshman in the competition,” Bolmer said of Sonday. “I told him that he should be proud of that. He has three more years.”

200-METER DASH
    Jean-Damien Boyer narrowly missed his personal best on Friday morning and didn’t qualify for the finals.
    “That’s just over his personal best,” Bolmer said of Boyer clocking 23.55. “He was running into a slight head-wind and he was also in Lane 8. He had a lot of curves.”
    “He had a strong race. The competition’s tough up here.”
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