DES MOINES - It’s proof of just how talented Anamosa’s Olivia Nebergall really is.
When she walked away from the class 3A state high jump event inside Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 16, the Raider junior said she felt like she was off of her game and had been for quite some time in the high jump.
“My steps have been off since the Drake Relays, and I’ve struggled getting them right since then,” Nebergall said. “But even with me not reaching the goals I had set for myself here at state in the high jump, I am honestly happy with this performance.
“I’ve been jumping right around 5-feet to 5-2 and 5-4 for a few weeks now. I’ve seemed to kind of max out around there so jumping 5-2 at state is okay, for today.”
Nebergall’s 5-2 effort earned her a class 3A state seventh-place medal in the high jump and again secured the Raider junior as one of the top jumpers in the state.
Nebergall flew over opening height at 4-8 on her first attempt, then did the same at 4-10, 5-0 and 5-2 before bowing out of the event at 5-4 with three misses.
“That was the key for me, not missing on those early jumps,” Nebergall said. “I felt really good today, too. My goal here at state was to jump 5-6 and break my school record. Hopefully, I can come back to Drake Stadium and get that accomplished next year.
“I wouldn’t mind a state title, too.”
Keokuk’s Miracle Ailes, the third-seeded jumper coming into the 3A event, claimed the state title clearing the bar set at 5-7 edging past Waverly-Shell Rock’s top-seeded Reagan Dahlquist, who flew 5-6.
Nebergall was one of eight jumpers to clear 5-2, but with her not missing until 5-4, was able to soar to a tie for seventh-place with Glenwood’s Coryl Matheny and Sergeant Bluff Luton’s Madison Harms.
Nebergall was busy on the Drake Stadium track not only taking part in the high jump but opened her state meet with a 27.11-second clocking in the 200 meter dash prelim Thursday morning, in near 90-degree temperatures.
“It was hot, but that was something everyone had to deal with,” said Nebergall, who placed fifth in her hear and 16th overall in class 3A.
“My start hasn’t been super great lately, and I think that’s what cost me. I think if I get off to a better start, I reach my goal of making finals in the 200.”
Nebergall was less than a second off from making the 200 finals and earning yet another state meet medal.