Already soaked from head to foot, Kolbi Sims walked to the awards tent at Dona Larsen Park in her socks.
The Eagle High senior decided hours earlier there was no point in fighting the rain.
Despite a steady downpour throughout Friday morning’s competition, Sims didn’t seem to mind, besting the girls long jump field by more than a foot at the 5A state track and field meet.
“The conditions weren’t ideal, but I just gave it my all,” Sims said. “I tried to focus on where the runway was because the rain was kind of covering the board. I just had to zone in.”
Sims, who has signed with San Jose State, only began competing in the long jump this season, but she has caught on in a flash. Her winning leap of 18 feet, 7.75 inches far surpassed her nearest competitor. Second-place Kierra Lins of Timberline jumped 17-04.50.
Sims also won her preliminary heat of the 200 meters and will compete in the high jump Saturday morning. She finished fourth at state in both events last season.
“It’s really good to see how I’ve progressed,” Sims said.
Puddles formed in several places along the east runway for the 4A girls triple jump and 5A girls long jump. Officials used air blowers to remove some of the water, but there was no avoiding the rain during competition.
Almost everyone looked miserable.
“My shoes are wet, my socks are wet, my spikes are wet. It’s really bad,” Sims said.
But she still had a smile on her face.
With Sims’ help, the Mustangs took an early lead in the team race with 33.50 points. Boise was second with 24 and Mountain View third with 21.50.
CAPITAL BOYS DOMINATE LONG JUMP
With fans in the stands clapping in sync, Britt Ipsen sprinted down the runway and took one final leap.
Officials eyed the board with scrutiny but declared the Capital sophomore’s last attempt fair — if only by a millimeter or two.
Ipsen saved his best for last, winning the 5A boys long jump with a mark of 21-11. Capital came within an inch of sweeping the top three places in the event as Derrick White — who learned to long jump just six weeks ago — took second (21-04) and junior Sam Brixey fourth (21-02.25).
“It’s great to know you have competition at practice. It pushes you a lot harder,” Ipsen said. “Just to be out here and laugh with these guys is probably the best thing.”
The strong showing in the long jump gave the Capital boys an early lead in the team race. Through five events, the Eagles had 22 points, four-time defending champion Rocky Mountain was second with 27 and reigning District Three champion Mountain View was third with 19.
OTHER VALLEY WINNERS
Of the 20 final events contested Friday, Treasure Valley athletes claimed 14 gold medals. Here are the rest of the local winners:
State competition continues at 9 a.m. Saturday with field events; running finals begin at 1 p.m.