Wood defends pole vault title

CHURUBUSCO — Sam Wood is on track for another state finals appearance in pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 8 inches at last week’s sectional in Fort Wayne to win the sectional crown.

Wood surpassed the state qualifying standard of 14-04, and has his sights set on defending his regional title Thursday at Marion.

Teammate Brandon Kolvoord is also advancing to the regional after placing fifth with a vault of 13 feet.

Churubusco’s throwers put substantial points on the board for the Eagles as well, placing first and second in both shot put and discus to score 36 of Churubusco’s 55 points.

“Our throwers finishing 1-2 in both throwing events speaks volumes on how hard they have worked and what great teammates they are,” said head coach Zach Dock.

Brayden Simmons won both events, throwing the discus 170 feet even, and the shot put 51 feet, 11.5 inches. Horn placed second in both events, tossing the shot 49 feet, 1 inch, and the discus 149 feet, 4 inches.

Overall, the Eagles finished fifth out of 11 teams. Carroll won the sectional with 143 points, followed by Northrop with 104 points. Other teams in the sectional are Concordia, Snider, South Side, Leo, Woodlan, North Side, Bishop Dwenger and Blackhawk Christian.

Finishing tied for fifth is the Eagles’ second best performance in the tough Fort Wayne sectional. Last year, the Eagles came in fourth.

“We take a lot of pride in running well here at one of the best sectionals in the state,” Dock said. “It is a great opportunity to compete with the city teams and our kids continue to step up.”

Madon Anderson placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, scoring two points for ’Busco.

Churubusco’s 3,200-meter relay team finished seventh and the 400-meter relay team placed eighth.

Sam Keily finished eighth in the 3,200-meter run to score a point for the Eagles.

Joey Emenhiser finished 14th in long jump and Eli Lantz took 14th in the 800-meter run.

Cody Murphy came in 17th in the 300-meter hurdles.

Shawn Prater took 18th in the 400 dash followed by Rickey Duncan in 20th.

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