JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Brock Wood has stood on the third- and second-highest spots on the podium at the Class 2 state track and field meet.
The South Shelby senior finally got to experience life on the top spot. It was better than Wood anticipated.
"You like to say it doesn't matter where you are on the podium," Wood said. "But it was great. It was great being up on top of the podium and looking around and getting to see my family in the crowd."
Wood was atop the podium twice during Saturday's finals at Adkins Stadium and three times total.
Wood won the state title in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.89 seconds, and followed that with a state title in the 300 hurdles in 38.62.
Wood captured his first state title of his career by winning the long jump at 22 feet, 9.25 inches Friday during the first day of the meet.
Wood added a second-place finish Saturday in the 200 dash in 22.20. Frontier's Trevion Wilson won that race in 21.96.
"It was just a lot of fun this weekend," said Wood, who also earned all-state honors in football. "The years before when I'd been here I was nervous. But today I was more relaxed.
"It was just a different mindset that I've gotten this far before, and I didn't want to put too much into the final races."
That allowed Wood to race without any pressure. He said he focused more on his timed goals rather than places.
Wood accomplished those. He set school records in all three races.
"Records are meant to be broken," Wood said. "I can't wait for when I'm gone from here and hear of other great runners at South Shelby breaking my records."
It made for a fitting end to his South Shelby athletic career.
"Even if I didn't have a great day, I'd still be happy," Wood said. "But I'm not complaining."