The reaction said all.
After Marble Falls High School senior high jumper Kason O’Riley cleared 7 feet at the Round Rock McNeil Relays on March 13, he rolled backward on the mat and immediately stood up with a clenched fist.
It wasn’t because he had won the event again — there was little doubt of him doing that — it was because his flop set a new personal best, which ties the Mustang with four other high school high jumpers who also cleared that bar, no pun intended.
“It was a little windy; it played a factor,” O’Riley said. “I thought the bar was going to fall off. All I could think was ‘clear the height.’ I felt my calf skim the bar. I threw my legs up. It was a bit of a blur.”
O’Riley said he didn’t enter the competition until the bar was set at 6-4. By then, the other high jumpers had finished competing. His teammate, senior Lance Long, captured silver at 6-0.
After he cleared 7-0, O’Riley asked the bar be raised 2 inches.
“I barely missed it,” he said. “I got high. It was insane. I got so excited when I was in the air that I leaned too early.”
As a result, the bar came down.
Thinking back to the events of March 13, O’Riley said he wasn’t surprised he cleared 7-0.
“Honestly, I had a feeling,” he said. “I was eating breakfast (at Chick-fil-A), and I looked at my mom and said, ‘Today’s the day.’ She said, ‘I think so, too.’ I was jumping higher, and it ended up being my day.”