BCLUW's Garber caps career with hurdles title (PHOTOS)

BCLUW's Jack Garber looks at the scoreboard at Drake Stadium displaying his name as state champion in the Class 1A 110 high hurdles race in Des Moines on Saturday. (Jake Ryder photo)

DES MOINES – Jack Garber set out on his senior season with BCLUW boys track and field wanting a state meet record in the 110 high hurdles to go with a long-awaited gold medal in the marquee hurdling event.

  

By Saturday afternoon, he admitted that the wear and tear on his body from the past 48 hours of running, combined with a brutal headwind, would put the state record out of reach.

  

No matter what though, Garber wouldn't accept anything less but a "1" next to his name on the Drake Stadium scoreboard.

  

Mere moments after running a furious anchor leg on the state runner-up shuttle hurdle relay team and sprinting to eighth place in the 100-meter dash, Garber lined up for his final race as a Comet and accomplished what everyone except him believed was his destiny: to end his high school career as a state champion in the 110 high hurdles with a championship time of 14.80.

  

Slower than his school record, even slower than his older brother's previous school record that Will and Jack shared for so long? Yes. But Will and Jack now share the title as state champion. After restless weeks of trying to win as many races as possible for his team, the emotions came pouring out after Jack crossed the finish line a state champion.

  

"I pictured that moment in my head for so long," Garber said as the words caught slightly in his throat. "To finally get it, I'm just starstruck. I'm staring around, trying to take everything in.

 

 

Class 1A: Day 1

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