Garaway sophomore Carly Jacobs didn’t go down to Columbus to compete in the Div. III state track and field meet with exorbitantly grandiose ideas of winning a state title. Instead the hurdler had a couple of goals: to compete hard, to show she belonged, and to reach the podium and become an All-Ohioan.
In short she wanted to put everyone on notice that for the next two years people could get used to seeing her name among those competing for medals at state.
Jacobs did just that, turning in her medal-winning performance in the 100-meter hurdles, where she gave a gutsy effort against the best hurdlers Div. III had to offer and used a monster lean at the wire to claim the eighth and final spot on the podium.
About 200 meters into the 300-meter hurdle finals, she looked primed to grab her second medal as she cruised down the home stretch, entrenched in fourth place. Then catastrophe struck as she clipped the third-to-last hurdle, her stumble nearly wiping her out and ending the hope of a double-medal day.
She said the reason she went down after clipping the hurdle was because it stunned her because she thought she had cleared it.
Jacobs took the tumble in stride, and instead of feeling sorry for herself, she chose to revel in the fact that she had achieved the goal she had set for herself.
“With this being my first time here and as a sophomore, I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect,” Jacobs said. “I knew I could compete if I ran like I was capable of running, and for the most part I did that. I just feel like it is such an honor and a blessing to be here at this level to race against the best out here. This is only going to inspire me to do even more to improve. This was a really great learning experience for me to just be here and get the feel of everything.”
As for her medal-winning performance in the 100-hurdles, Jacobs said she gave absolutely everything she had, especially at the end with the goal of podium so close at hand.
Her lean at the end was enormous and may have been the biggest reason she finished eighth rather than out of podium range.
“All season long I have told myself I am taking this one race and one hurdle at a time,” Jacobs said following her 100-meter hurdle race. “I qualified ninth, so I knew I needed to improve at least one spot to make All-Ohio. I really leaned hard at the end, and I think that might have gotten me in.”
Knowing Jacobs, whom coach Zach Mottice said was the hardest working individual he has coached, the experience, joy, exhilaration and even heartbreak of everything that took place will serve as a starting point for next season when Jacobs will seek a return trip to Columbus and hopefully get a chance to conquer that third-to-last hurdle.