Mahtomedi senior Ian Fosdick peaked at the most optimum time and captured the gold medal in triple jump at the state track meet Friday.
Fosdick uncorked a 48-feet, 1-inch jump on his first attempt in the Class 2A meet at Hamline. It was 24 1/2 inches better than his previous best.
“I don’t really know how it happened,” he said, “but my coach looks at the video and measures how long each (jump) is. My first one is usually 16 to 17 feet, and it was 18 1/2 on that jump.”
With a big lead, and his left heel hurting, Fosdick passed on his first two finals jumps. His second and third jumps in prelims (46-9 and 47-2 1/4) also would have won gold, as runner-up Edmund Ocansey of Champlin Park was second with 46-8. Fosdick did one last jump and got 46-8.
Last year, he placed third with 44-4 1/4.
Fosdick bruised his heel at the conference meet and got through sectionals and the first day of state OK. Saturday was another story. “It got worse, and I work up Saturday and it was kind of messed up. It was swollen,” he said. In long jump Saturday, he topped out at 20-1, not making finals. He won section with 21-5.
Fosdick will continue his track career at Montana State and plans to major in architecture.
Mahtomedi’s other state qualifier, Evan Johnson in 300 hurdles, had a 40.85 in prelims and did not make finals. Johnson, in his first year of track, had 40.75 at the section.