Shelby Demos, though, had a particular goal in mind, and she wasn’t going to let any bad weather get in the way of it.
The Janesville Parker High School senior repeated as a state champion in the Division 1 girls state high jump competition on Saturday at Veteran Memorial Field Sports Complex at UW-La Crosse despite a day that was filled with a cool temperatures and a steady rain.
“I’ve learned to deal with the weather. It’s always either cold or windy or rainy,” said Demos, who will compete at UW-Whitewater in track and field next school year. “I felt really good. If it was sunny, I thought I could have gone 5-10.”
Demos entered the meet as the top seed out of sectional competition with a height of 5 feet, 9 inches, and she had set a school record at 5-9 this season. But Saturday was more about survival than about setting a personal best or state record.
She arrived at the stadium around noon and began her day by finishing fourth in the Division 1 110-meter high hurdles in 15.27 seconds, one place higher than she was seeded after Friday’s prelims.
Demos then had to endure a delay of nearly 90 minutes before beginning her high jump competition.
“The official didn’t want it to go inside at all, and all the coaches were all rooting for it to go inside,” Demos said. “But they wanted to wait because there was a little clearance on the radar.
“It was an hour and a half wait. But we all went inside and dried off, and we came back out and jumped.”
“It wasn’t too bad. At first, there was a puddle that was super deep. We were hoping it would go inside, but when we came back out it had stopped raining.”
Demos began at 4-10 and then advanced to 5-0 and 5-2 all on her first jumps. She needed three attempts at 5-4 and two more at 5-6 before deciding to end her day.
“I wanted to get to 5-6 and that was it,” she said. “I’m happy and very content with what happened today. I placed fourth in the hurdles and I de fended my high jump title. I just wanted to come back and take the high jump title for myself. I’m very proud of that.”
Demos said when she stepped up on the podium she experienced a sense of satisfaction and relief.
“It was great. It was awesome. It felt really good. I felt the rain,” she said. “I’m not going to lie, my feet are cold. But it was really fun.
“I wanted to reach what I did last year. If the weather would have been better, I would have kept going.”
Meanwhile, Parker junior Cody Speaker finished fourth in the boys Division 1 pole vault with a personal record vault of 14 feet. Jake Czisny of West Bend West went 15 feet to win the Division 1 championship.
“Cody finished fourth and he was (seeded) ninth,” Parker boys coach Joe Dye said. “There were kids that moved up, but missed at certain heights and that will bite you.
“Cody was error free, and had a great vault at 14-6 but just missed,” Dye added. “He came up to me and said he was excited about where he was at.’’
Parker senior Nick Cahill finished 18th in the triple jump Saturday, and 14th in the long jump Friday. Janesville Craig’s JoJo Pregont finished 21st in the triple jump Saturday and 19th in the high jump Friday.