Dylan Boeckman, Centralia, was insistent that he make 14 feet in the pole vault soon and on Tuesday at the Nemaha Central invitational he did.
The height earned him first place and put him an inch behind his personal best, which also ties the school record.
Boeckman helped the Centralia boys finish second in the track meet behind host Nemaha Central, which won with 174.5 points. Centralia scored 114. Axtell was fourth with 61.5. Valley Heights was sixth with 45. In the girls’ meet, Axtell was second with 111 to host Nemaha Central, which won with 151. Heights and Centralia tied for third with 88.
Jumper Kayla Smith, Valley Heights, matched her school record in winning the long jump with a distance of 17-10. She improved to 37-9.5 in the triple jump and was second.
For the second straight meet, Madison Lueger, Centralia, threw over 140. She was second with a throw of 140-4.5.
Complete results are linked to this article.
Axtell and Heights will compete at 11 a.m. in the Lions Club Invitational in Belleville. Centralia is off till April 19, which is a 3 p.m. meet at Frankfort.
In other events, area champions were:
— Isaac Gore, Centralia, 400, 54.68.
— Kamble Haverkamp, Centralia, 800, 2:12.05. He held off Jeremy Reed, Heights, in a close finish. Reed ran 2:12.11.
— Alex Hardin, Heights, 1,600, 4:57.47.
— Josh Hasenkamp, Centralia, javelin, 175-11 for a personal best by 10 inches.
— Smith in the 100 in 12.92.
— Samantha Vermetten, Heights, in the 400, 1:01.44, and the 800, 2:31.79.
— Olivia Kuckelman, Axtell, in the 1,600 in 5:49.06, and the 3,200 in 12:59.83.
— The Heights team of Abby Lister, Shea Manley, Smith and Vermetten in the 4x400, 3:55.76.
— Axtell’s crew of Jordyn Smith, Maryna BUessing, Kinsey Feldkamp and Chelsea Smith, 4x800, 10:50.04.
— Skyler Saunders, Heights, high jump, 5-4.
— Breanna Schmitz, Centralia, pole vault, 9-6.