TROY — Northmont’s senior Christian Champen set a new meet record in the pole vault Friday at Troy High School by clearing 16-feet.
“In all my 25 years of coaching I have not had a more talented athletic high school kid than Christian Champen,” said Northmont Pole Vault Coach Steve Heinrichs. “His ability to know where his body is when he is off the ground has given him an awareness to be able to jump as high as he has so far.”
Champen broke Northmont’s former school record by clearing 15-feet, 8-inches a few weeks ago, and the following week cleared 15-feet, 9-inches and at GWOC went 16-feet to set a new school and conference meet record. Heinrichs hopes to see Champen go even high at the district meet at Wayne High School this week.
Champen’s effort ties A.J. Frens of Greenville with having the highest vault in the state so far this year. Frens cleared 16-feet earlier this season.
“Hopefully I will be able to report after he jumps at Wayne that he has gone high than 16-feet, which would then make him Number 1 in the state,” Heinrichs added.
Overall the Northmont boys team placed 5th in the GWOC Central with 74 points. Northmont placed 7th in the 3200 relay (Ethan Shade, Shawn Richards, Xavier Marable and Gage Beireis) in 8:22.33.
Freshman Drake Hickman took 7th place in the 110 hurdles at 15.96 seconds .
Kameron Gover placed 3rd in the 100 meter dash in 11.06 seconds.
The 400 relay team of Ervin Besingi, Gover, Hickman and Donavin Wallace placed 5th in 44.10 seconds.
Marable placed 5th in the 400 meter dash in 51.67 seconds.
Champen placed 2nd in the long jump at 21-feet, 4.5-inches.
The girls track team placed 3rd in the Central Division at GWOC with 96 points.
Melissa Barrett, Taylor Evans, Aubrey Kosak and Kimea Lawrence placed 7th in the 3200 relay (10:13.55).
Leila Hill placed 3rd in the 100 hurdles in 15.93 seconds and Naomi Baker was 7th in 16.85.
Elisha Cooper placed 3rd in the 100 meter dash in 12.76 seconds and 6th in the 200 at 26.68.
Cooper also placed 2nd in the 400 meter dash in 58.99 seconds.
The 800 relay team of Allison Moede, Tarver, Mattea Parker, and Tabitha Hanna placed 4th (1:48.17).
Barrett placed 7th in the 1600 meter run (5:25.74).
The 400 relay team of Claire Pilgrim, Hanna, Lauren Christian and Tarver placed 4th (51.77).
Barrett placed 5th in the 800 meter run (2:19.47).
The 1600 relay team of Parker, Kennedy Simmons, Hill and Marissa Anderson placed 6th in 4:12.75.
Denissa Sly placed 7th in the high jump at 4-feet, 10-inches.
Naomi Baker placed 4th in the long jump at 16-feet, 3.5-inches.
Saraea Spurgin placed 4th in the pole vault at 10-feet.