DES MOINES - Clay Harreld wanted what he couldn't get, but his parting gift was satisfactory.
The Northeast Hamilton senior picked up a second consecutive medal in the Class 1A high jump competition inside Drake Stadium at the Iowa Co-ed State Track and Field Championships on Friday, as he moved up one rung to seventh in the deep field.
"I'm happy. I did better than last year, so I'll take that," Harreld said after he cleared 6 feet, 2 inches - the same height that earned him the eighth-place medal in 2011. "I was up against some really good competition, so I guess seventh place isn't too bad."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Clay Harreld attempts to clear 6 feet, 4 inches during the Class 1A high jump at the state meet on Friday.
Medals aside, what Harreld really wanted to accomplish was clearing 6-4. And while he said his first attempt at that height was abysmal, he thought it was possible on his second and third leaps.
"My first one felt ugly, but my second two felt good," he said. "I really wanted that one."
Harreld scooted over the bar on his first attempt when it was at 5-8 and 6-0. He needed two jumps to get past 6-2.
Nine competitors cleared 6-2; Clay Central senior and Drake Relays champion Jared Schoelerman went on to claim the gold medal by clearing 6-7.
Fellow Trojans' senior Bryce Kauffmann missed out on qualifying for the 110-meter high hurdles by a measly one-one hundredth of a second Friday evening. His prelims time of 15.78 seconds netted him ninth in the field of 24; 15.77 was the last qualifying time for the finals.
"My (personal record) was 15.2 and I should have run at least 15.5, but oh well," Kauffman said afterwards. "I'm OK with ninth."
Always looking for the positive, Kauffman said there was a bright side to missing out on Saturday's finals.
"At least I don't have to put my parents through the headache of coming down here during graduation."
Kauffman and Harreld joined Stephen Chamness and Tyler Smith in the 1,600 medley relay later in the evening; the quartet led their heat for extended periods of time before drifting back. The Trojans wound up in 20th place in 3:49.68.