Saturday was a day Javen Reeves will remember for the rest of his life.
The New Albany senior recorded a height of 6 feet, 9 inches to win the high-jump state championship at the IHSAA State Finals at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
Indianapolis Warren Central junior Jarrell Dennis also cleared 6-9, but Reeves won the title because he had a lower number of misses than Dennis.
Reeves nearly cleared 6-10 in his third attempt at the height, but he clipped the bar on his way down.
Reeves was the second Bulldog in three seasons to take home a state championship. Current University of Louisville sprinter Jermaine Parrish won the 100-meter dash state title for New Albany in 2012.
Reeves also is the second Bulldog high jumper to capture a state championship. The first was Jeff Woodard in 1977. Woodard still shares the state high-jump record with Mt. Vernon’s Ron Jones and Peru’s Adam Shumpert at 7-1 1/4.
Floyd Central and the Bulldogs were two of seven teams that finished in 23rd place in the team standings. Each team scored 10 points.
Freshman Antonio Villegas was the highest-placing Highlander. He ended up sixth in the long-jump finals, with his best leap being 22-10 3/4. Villegas was ninth in the long-jump preliminaries at 22-6 1/2.
Floyd Central juniors Gaige Klingsmith and Adam Wallace finished seventh in their respective events. Klingsmith ran 11.02 seconds in the 100 dash final. He also was seventh in the 100 prelims in the same time.
Wallace posted a time of 1:55 to earn his podium finish. Wallace helped the Highlanders’ 1,600 relay team (3:28.31) and 3,200 relay squad (8:19.18) each place 23rd.
Joining Wallace on the 1,600 squad were Seth Jenkins, Logan Vaughn and Grant Foster. Vaughn teamed up with Wallace on the 3,200 relay team along with Grant Vellinger and Reese Tarr.
Floyd’s 400 relay team of Villegas, Zack Lewis, Nick Uhl and Chase Blakeman wound up 13th in 43.03 seconds. Foster placed 23rd in the 110 hurdles prelims in 15.54.
New Albany senior Tuwan Payton ended up 36th in the 100 dash prelims in 11.39. The Bulldogs’ 400 relay team got disqualified.
Silver Creek had two throwers in the discus. Dragons’ senior Schuyler Hosp finished 11th with a toss of 152-6. Creek junior Spencer Harris placed 25th with a throw of 125-1.
Borden sophomore Julien Magallanes placed 12th in the 3,200 in 9:20.54. Eastern’s 1,600 relay team of Mike Hall, Dalton Jackson, Khalil McDaniel and Dakota Jackson was 20th in 3:25.29.
Clarksville senior Marquise Parrish placed 24th in the 400 in 55.62 seconds. He was 26th in the 100 prelims in 11.29.