DES MOINES — Angel Baylark couldn’t stop smiling and dancing before, during, and after the Class 4A girls long jump competition at the state track meet Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium.

The Grayhounds had plenty to smile about on this day.

And by the time all was said and done, the biggest smile of all was saved for BHS jumps coach Ephrain Twillie, who got to watch two of his athletes — Baylark and senior Taven Harris – bring home a pair of medals from the long jump competition.

Baylark, who has battled painful migraine headaches all season, finished second with a leap of 17 feet, 9 inches, second only to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln senior and Nebraska recruit Darby Thomas, who had a winning leap of 18-11.

Baylark may have been the happiest second-place finisher in state track history.

“I don’t mind getting second to Darby. Coming to state and getting second is amazing. It’s a great opportunity. I am blessed to have that opportunity,” Baylark said. “I love long jump. I love it. I started long jump in seventh grade and I always excelled in it. I always thought high school is going to be so much harder, and it is. But it’s easier at the same time. I know what I’m doing. I know what I need to do to get better. I just do it and I’m getting better.”

Baylark admitted she was nervous and had a headache before the competition, but BHS girls coach Maddie Tucker gave her an idea how to relieve the pain, and pressure.

“Before I jumped I had a really bad headache. My coach told me I should try cracking some jokes and see if it makes you feel better. It definitely made me feel better. It brought my mood up,” Baylark said. “I was really nervous. That's what I do to calm down. It was so fun. I love track so much. I just love it.”

Harris, who finished a disappointing 19th last year with a best of 19-10 1/2, left his final state meet with a much better feeling, finishing eighth in Class 4A with a best of 21-6 1/4. Harris appeared to have a leap of over 22 feet, but a chunk of sand flew backward, decreasing the length.

“I didn’t PR like I had hoped to, so I didn’t have the day I want to have. But it’s still the last meet of my high school career, so it’s bittersweet,” Harris said. “Progress is always the goal. Last year I placed low and this year I made finals, so that’s a positive to take from it.”

“I’m very proud of Taven,” Baylark said. “(Twillie) is a great coach. He’s so easy to work with. He knows what to say to make you do what you have to do. He’s a great coach.”

Harris came back later to team with Larry Taylor, Carlton Martinez-Hale and Mark Smith to finish 16th in the 4x200 in 1:31.80 and 20th in the 4x100 in 43.66.

“I’m excited. I didn’t have the day I wanted here, but I still have two more events. Arguably those are more important because it’s a team relay race. I’m excited for that,” Harris said.