By Justin Hunter
BLOOMINGTON – Rachel Jacquay and Sam Wood represented Churubusco High School with some of their best jumps of the season at the state track finals Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Teammate Brayden Simmons also competed at state in discus.
Sam Wood earned his way to the podium by tying for ninth place in pole vault. The freshman vaulted 14 feet, 3 inches.
“Getting on the medal stand as a freshman is quite an accomplishment,” said head coach Zach Dock. “Sam made major improvements as the season progressed. He didn’t clear a bar for the first three meets. Then, we started getting it going. He really took off in the postseason. It’s great to see a young guy gain confidence and make the progression through the state tournament.”
Teammate Brayden Simmons came in 13th place in discus. Simmons recorded a toss of 152 feet, 7 inches.
“Brayden threw very well. He had two throws over 160 that he scratched out the front,” said Dock. “We didn’t get on the medal stand but we made progress over last year’s state meet performance. He will continue to work and be better next year. He is a great young man to work with. He works real hard in the weight room, watches lots of film, and never stops working.”
Jacquay vaulted to a height of 10 feet, 6 inches to land 15th place out of 26 vaulters. Jacquay is a sophomore.
“Rachel had a great state meet,” said Dock. “She made her second highest bar of her career (10-6) in the biggest meet of the year. She came a long way this spring, we are all very proud of her.”