Des Moines, Iowa — Sheldon sophomore Maddie Olson treated the crowd to a show in the Class 2A high jump.
Olson won the competition by clearing 5-9, which ties her for No. 15 on the state’s all-time list and is the best jump at the state meet since Alexis Conaway of MOC-Floyd Valley cleared 5-9 in 2014.
KIWA Sports had a chance to talk with Maddie at the Orab welcome home Saturday afternoon and asked about being in such rare air and got a humble response.
We asked when she thought a state title was a possibility.
Maddie attributes her success to a lot of things beyond just herself.
Finally we asked if she found the high jump or the high jump found her.
Olson missed three tries at 5-11 1/4, which would have been the 2A state meet record and put her No. 1 nationally. Before those misses at the end, Olson began the competition with nine straight clearances.
Defending champion Kiersten Fisher of Southeast Valley was second at 5-5.
— Sheldon Orabs (@OrabsAD) May 21, 2021