CLOVIS — Madison Jacobs got a place on the podium at the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
It just wasn’t where she had hoped for.
“From losing by one inch last year and being so close, to this year, it’ s hard,” she said, knowing her high school career came to a close.
The Arroyo Grande senior finished fifth in discus and didn’t medal in shot put, placing a non-scoring 12th.
Jacobs threw 141 feet, 11 inches in discus, a mark that had her in second place after the first round.
But then the throws started to go sour for Jacobs.
Tanya Sapa of La Sierra, Stamatia Scarvelis of Dos Pueblos and Kathleen Durand of Maria Carrillo would throw further tosses as Jacobs watched her name drop from second to fifth in the leaderboard.
“Today just wasn’t my day,” she said.
She qualified for the finals with a throw of 143-9 on Friday and her personal best is 163-11.
It’d seem she had a shot, but with each attempt Jacobs saw an orange flag raised, knowing she had fouled. Five of her six discus throws had that result, either by veering out of bounds or by her misstepping outside of the thrower’s circle.
“I can’t really blame it on anything,” Jacobs said. “I felt fine, but in the end it just didn’t happen for me.”
In shot put, her throw of 38-9 was again below her preliminary distance of 41-2. She fouled on her first two attempts before throwing a 38-9, good enough for 12th place.
“I didn’t lose focus and I’m proud of myself for making it this far, but this wasn’t the outcome I wanted,” she said. “Seeing myself not doing my best is what really disappoints me.”
Jacobs was clearly upset with her performance as she wiped tears from the corner of her eyes, but had hope for her future in the sport.
“I can only grow from here,” the Kentucky-bound senior said.
“I’m just excited I have four or five more years in college to do this.”
Nikki Okwelogu of Clovis West took the discus crown with a mark of 173-9 -— 22 feet more than
second-place finisher Tanya Sapa of La Sierra, who threw 151-2. Scarvelis took the shot put title with a distance of 50-7 3⁄4.