Hobbs places fourth with career best at state



Dalton Hobbs flies in the air for an attempt at the high jump during the state track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin on May 11. He finished with a career best 6’6” jump. He placed fourth overall. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL ELIZONDO

Dalton Hobbs flies in the air for an attempt at the high jump during the state track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin on May 11. He finished with a career best 6’6” jump. He placed fourth overall. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL ELIZONDO

Pleasanton’s Dalton Hobbs brought his best elevation in the 4A state track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin on May 11. He cleared the bar at six feet, six inches, finishing fourth in his first trip to state.

“I had a great time here with my friends and my coaches. It was a great experience overall,” said Hobbs. “That was my best jump ever. I had a lot of fun.”

Hobbs cleared his first two jumps with ease. Then came the challenges as he needed three to get over at six feet, two inches and six feet, four inches. However, he only needed one try to get his career-best height.

Hobbs was not bothered at all by the moisture on the track and enjoyed being able to jump with calm winds.

“As long as there’s no wind, I’m fine,” said Hobbs.

Hobbs was close to earning a medal, but missed out on a bronze as a competitor from La Vega cleared on his third attempt.

“I’m happy for him. He deserved it,” Hobbs said.

Hobbs, a junior, will have another shot at a state track medal next year.

“I can do it if I work hard on it in the offseason and do everything I need to do,” he said.

In the 800 meter run that evening, Caitlyn Nieschwitz finished ninth in 2:27.28.

She went off to a furious start while staying with a crowded pack, clocking a first-lap split of 1:06.06.

“I ran my fastest first lap and didn’t have much energy in the second lap,” she said.

Nieschwitz savored the experience, and enjoyed having her younger sister, Chloe, in the stadium watching.

Nieschwitz, a sophomore, has two more years in which she will work toward higher finishes in both the track and crosscountry state meets after racing in both this year.

“I’ll take a couple of weeks and then get back to training,” she said, referring to her six-day-perweek running schedule.

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