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Jared Schipper of Bishop Dwenger clears 16 feet in the pole vault at the Boys State Track championships in Bloomington, good for third place.
Boys state track & field

Dwenger vaulter falls short in try to repeat

Schipper 3rd as record set at 17 1/2 feet

Jari DaDa of Wayne competes in the shot put at the state meet.
Photos by Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
North Side’s Shawn Hill gets the baton from teammate Terrence Davis in the 1,600 relay.
Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Brandon Arnold of West Noble, center, has the early lead in the 1,600-meter run at the Boys State Track championships Saturday.

– No Northeast Indiana athlete captured a championship at this year’s Boys Track State meet.

Bishop Dwenger’s Jared Schipper and Warsaw’s Ellis Coon had the best finishes among area athletes as each came in third in their events Saturday at Indiana University.

Schipper cleared 16 feet in pole vault to finish behind Bloomington South’s Deakin Volz, who cleared a state-record 17 1/2 feet, and Ben Davis’ Moussa Conde, who also vaulted 16 feet but took second by a tiebreaker. Coon finished in 4 minutes, 15 seconds behind Lawrence North’s Joe Murphy’s 4:11.05 and LePorte’s Anthony Didion’s 4:14.63 in the 1,600.

“I was hoping for a little higher,” said Schipper, who won last year’s title with a vault of 16-3. “It wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I wasn’t super disappointed because 16 (feet) is definitely a good height. I was hoping for more. I got higher last year, so I hate to go backwards, and I feel like I am.”

Volz beat former Northrop standout Corey Shank’s 2007 record of 17 feet.

“It’s awesome watching him,” Schipper. “Deakin is a monster.”

Schipper said his heights in practice were higher, giving him confidence he could at least eclipse last year’s height.

“I was expecting a little more,” he said.

Coon said he was happy with the finish, which was a season-best for him, but admitted he made a few mistakes in his race.

North Side’s Tyvon Kelley finished fourth in the 400 in 49.15 after coming into the event as the top seed in 48.58. Kelley made a push after a slow start.

“It is usually how it goes, but it wasn’t enough,” Kelley said of his kick at the end.

“I didn’t stay relaxed enough on the back stretch, and that’s what killed me.”

Kelley ran on the state championship 1,600 relay team two years ago.

Concordia’s Zach Panning finished fourth in the 3,200 (9:13.72).

Panning got caught up in a slower-than-expected pace to start the race and then was boxed in.

“I haven’t run that many two-miles this year, and I just figured it would take care of itself,” Panning said. “I got boxed in a little bit the first mile, there were so many guys up there. It didn’t break up until 600-800 meters left or so. I was still happy with it.”

Panning ended his career on a relatively positive note after dealing with a disappointing fall at the state cross country meet, his college of choice in Temple dropping track and then an illness hampering his early track season.

Other top finishes include: Wawasee’s Clayton Cook (fifth, 110 hurdles, 14.57), Homestead’s Jordan Davis (seventh, 300 hurdles, 38.55), Southern Wells’ Grant Harris (seventh, discus, 160-9), South Side’s Shaton Harris (eighth, 200. 22.5), Mark Beckman (ninth, 3,200, 9:16.9), seventh place finishes by Carroll’s 400 relay team (42.65) and Homestead’s 3,200 relay team (7:54.8) and Warsaw’s eighth place in the 400 relay (42.66) and ninth place in the 1,600 relay (3:21.01).

Gary West won its first team championship since 1980 with 41 points, ahead of Carmel’s 39. Warsaw was the top area team with 10 points, finishing 23rd.

Note: Warsaw won the Unified State Track meet with 101 points. Mount Vernon was second with 91 and Noblesville third with 89. The Unified meet is a collaborative meet between the IHSAA and the Special Olympics.