Wheaton boys third at state track contest

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jumping to a state title Bubba Galvan, a senior at Wheaton High School, earned three gold medals (long jump, triple jump and 300-meter hurdles) at the Class 1 Track and Field Championships on Saturday. Democrat Photo/Lee Stubblefield

The Wheaton Bulldogs captured the third place team trophy at the Class 1 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships at Jefferson City's Lincoln University over the weekend.

The Bulldogs scored 46 points with just three athletes in attendance as coach Darrel Crane carried home another trophy from the state meet. Wheaton placed second last year, trailing only Valle Catholic in Class 1, 63.5 to 43. Valle repeated as champions this year in the boys division, and also won the girls division.

Junior Darrell Burns of Wheaton won an intense high jump competition with Jasper's Mike Spicer and Rock Port's Eric Duncan on Saturday morning. Burns cleared the bar at 6-9 to claim the gold medal.

All three jumpers cleared 6-8 in an amazing exhibition for Class 1 before Burns cleared the eventual winning height on his second attempt. Duncan nicked the crossbar on his final leap, and it teasingly teetered on the standards before clattering on the pavement.

Meanwhile, Bubba Galvan won three gold medals but finished third in the high hurdles. He had the early lead in the finals, but crashed a barrier with his lead leg and could not recover. James Dahl-Hines of Sante Fe won the race, with Brandon Niendick of Wellington-Napoleon taking second.

In the triple jump, Galvan went into his last attempt in second place, trailing DeKalb's Brent Bush by a mere quarter inch, 43'9.75" to 43'9.5" but the Wheaton senior exploded into the sand with a personal-best leap of 45'0" to win the event.

Results for the area medalist at state are as follows.

First place

* High jump: Burns, Wheaton, 6'9".

* Triple jump: Galvan, Wheaton, 45'0".

* Long jump: Galvan, Wheaton, 21'5.25".

* 300-meter hurdles: Galvan, Wheaton, first, 39.98

Third place

* 110-meter high hurdles: Galvan, Wheaton, 15.5.

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