Patterson sets mark on the way to high jump title

Nate Patterson shares a moment with coach Russ Teall after winning the state high jump title with a new record jump
By: 
Tim Creason
Correspondent

In the space of 15 minutes Saturday, two state records fell during the IHSAA boys track championships.
In the pole vault, Colton Crum of Frankfort cleared 17 feet, 6 ¼ inches. And in the high jump, Plymouth’s Nate Patterson sailed over 7 feet, 4 inches, shattering a record that had been in place 41 years.
The two venues were only 40 feet apart. And so, fans at the Indiana University track stadium in Bloomington were glued to the proceedings. How could they not be?
It had never happened before. Odds are, it won’t ever happen again.
Patterson –who made three close attempts at a national record 7-6 ¼ before accepting a standing ovation from the crowd – was thrilled to be part of the moment.
But at the same time, it was all part of a plan.
“This is what I came in here hoping for,” said Patterson. “Last year, I came in wanting the state meet record, but didn’t get it. This year, I told myself I was going to clear 7 feet, every time I had good conditions. I was going to try to get 7-4 or 7-5, and get the all-time state record. I came into the season with a few goals and I’ve achieved them all, so I’m pretty happy.
“This is exactly what I was planning for.”
The previous Indiana state record was 7 feet, 1-1/4 inches, set by New Albany’s Jeff Woodard in 1977.
While Patterson has actually jumped higher than that during his career, the IHSAA only accepts marks that are recorded at the state finals. In other words, Patterson had one shot.
He made the most of it.
And for the first time all season, Patterson had some competition. Lawrence Mitchell of Pike matched Patterson jump-for-jump through 6-10, and was still right there when the bar went to seven feet.
But on his third attempt, Mitchell severely twisted an ankle, and had to be escorted to the medical tent by medical personnel. That left Patterson all alone.
“It was fun,” said Patterson. “The competition pumped me up. I was upset when he got hurt.”
After getting seven foot out of the way, Patterson had the bar set at 7-2 to get the state record out of the way. He cleared on his second attempt. Then it was on to 7-4, which he also made on his second.
Then it was on to 7-6 ¼, a national best. He just missed. Barely.
Patterson also competed in the long jump, where he was the No. 1 seed coming in. However, his best effort was 22 feet, 9 inches, leaving him in seventh place.
“That actually made me mad,” said Patterson.
The long jump was not good to local athletes. LaVille junior Luke Beehler hoped to contend for a state title, but couldn’t uncork a big jump and failed to make the finals.
Beehler finished 12th with a best of 22-3 ¼.
The middle distance races, on the other hand, were good to local runners. In the 800-meter run, Culver Academies senior Callaway Bird survived a wild homestretch sprint to finish ninth in 1:56.28.
“It was a grinder,” said Bird. “I was trapped against the rail on the first lap, so I probably didn’t do as great as I wanted to. But I got on the awards podium, so I’m pretty happy. I feel like I stepped up to the big stage.”
The top nine finishers in each event earned IHSAA award medals.
Culver Academies senior Shane Pursch missed an award by less than two seconds, but still ran his best time ever in the 1600-meter run. He finished 11th in 4:17.36.
“I got tripped on the second lap and tripped on the last lap, but I’m not disappointed. My goal was to beat 4:18, and I got it,” said Pursch.
Plymouth’s Sam Tanner finished 25th in both the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediates, clocking 15.38 and 40.59, respectively.
Culver Academies sprinter Jordon Freeman, meanwhile, was 20th in the 100-meter dash (11.21) and 21st in the 200-meter dash (22.62), running in the trials of each.
In the team race, Avon held of Indianapolis North Central, 66-47, for the boys team title. Thanks to Patterson, Plymouth finished 15th in the final standings.
•IHSAA BOYS STATE TRACK FINALS
At Bloomington, Ind.
TEAM SCORES: Avon 66, Indianapolis North Central 47, Hamilton Southeastern 44, FW Northrop 36, Pike 36, Zionsville 31 , FW Carroll 31, Carmel 26, Evansville Memorial 18, Fishers 16, Chesterton 16, Westview 14, Pendleton Heights 14, West Lafayette 14, Plymouth 13, Michigan City 12, Crown Point 12, Merrillville 12, Brownsburg 11, Indianapolis Cathedral 11, Lawrence North 11, Western 10, Frankfort 10, Christian Academy Of Indiana 10, West Vigo 9, Oak Hill 9, Lowell 9, Valparaiso 8, Center Grove 8, Anderson 8, FW Snider 8, Ben Davis 7, Silver Creek 7, FW Wayne 7, Mitchell 6, FW South 6, Warren Central 6, Indpls Ritter 6, Franklin Central 6, Andrean 5, SB Saint Joseph 5, Decatur Central 5, Evansville Mater Dei 5, Northwestern 5, Cascade 5, Portage 5, Norwell 5, Bloomington South 5, Bethany Christian 5, Brownstown Central 4, Brown County 4, DeKalb 4, LaPorte 4, Evansville Central 4, McCutcheon 3, Princeton 3, Northridge 3, Western Boone 3, Highland 3, Churubusco 3, Concord 2, Leo 2, Westfield 2, Eastbrook 2, Wawasee 2, Seymour 2, Terre Haute South 1, Heritage Hills 1, New Albany 1, Culver Academies 1.
4 x 800 Relay: 1, Indianapolis North Central (Ian Hunter, Jonathan Loureiro-Deem, Jacob Lough, Isaac Weber) 7:44.07. 2, Zionsville 7:48.36. 3, FW Northrop 7:48.46. 4, Westview 7:49.08. 5, Carmel 7:49.20. 6, Brown County 7:49.43. 7, Indianapolis Cathedral 7:50.48. 8, Leo 7:51.49. 9, Fishers 7:52.40.
110 high hurdles: 1, Madison Norris (Hamilton SE) 14.02. 2, Jaien Webster (Anderson) 14.13. 3, Tremaine Gonzalez (Silver Creek) 14.19. 4, Shaton Vaughn (FW Northrop) 14.29. 5, Daryl Black (Pike) 14.31. 6, Cameron Williams (Andrean) 14.32. 7, Chase Washington (Bloomington South) 14.48. 8, -Malachi Quarles (Franklin Central) 14.67. DQ: Stacen Cunningham (Evansville Memorial). TRIALS: 25, Sam Tanner (Plymouth) 15.38.
100: 1, Isaac Guerendo (Avon) 10.51. 2, Justin Becker (FW Carroll) 10.52. 3, Craig Young (FW Wayne) 10.58. 4, Noah Malone (Hamilton SE) 10.70. 5, Blayne Harrington (Decatur Central) 10.75. 6, Ethan Roach (West Vigo) 10.76. 7, Kyle Markland 10.85. 8, Jalen Bowman (Evansville Central) 10.98. 9, Tyler Thomas (Andrean) 11.01. … TRIALS: 20, Jordon Freeman (Culver Academies) 11.21.
1600: 1, Matthew Schadler (Evansville Memorial) 4:07.83. 2, Cole Hocker (Cathedral) 4:08.04. 3, Jesse Hamlin (FW Snider) 4:12.14. 4, Gabe Fendel (Hamilton SE) 4:14.07. 5, Connor Goetz (FW Carroll) 4:14.28. 6, Richmond Stoltsfus (Westview) 4:15.07. 7, Justin Niederhaus (Princeton) 4:15.29. 8, Connor White (Eastbrook) 4:15.90. 9, Jacob Wisniewski (Bloomington South) 4:16.54. … 11, Shane Pursch (Culver Academies) 4:17.37.
4 x 100 Relay: 1, Avon (Geordan Blades, Christopher Smith, Jaban Carter, Isaac Guerendo) 41.28. 2, Hamilton Southeastern 41.59. 3, Pike 41.97. 4, Warren Central 42.12. 5, Fishers 42.18. 6, Portage 42.23. 7, Brownsburg 42.28. 8, Concord (Jamyris Rice, Conerley Jakale, William Hayes, Caleb Smith) 42.55. 9, FW Snider 42.60.
400: 1, Braden Corzan (Chesterton) 47.41. 2, Tahj Johnson (Oak Hill) 48.42. 3, Spencer Gudgel (Carmel) 48.53. 4, Brett Otterbacher (Valparaiso) 48.91. 5, Sean Johnson (Cascade) 48.91. 6, Matt Fleener (Center Grove) 48.92. 7, Dylan Penn (Evansville Memorial) 49.08. 8, Matthew Hanlon (Crown Point). 9, Bryce Kirtz (Brownsburg) 49.18. … 23, Dakota Parker (Tippecanoe Valley) 51.13.
300 hurdles: 1, Shaton Vaughn (FW Northrop) 37.52. 2, Benjamin Marano (FW Carroll) 38.27. 3, Matt Sakeah (Pendleton Heights) 38.32. 4, Nathan Smith (Hamilton SE) 38.39. 5, Dylan Felger (Norwell) 38.59. 6, Ernest Weni (Pike) 38.96. 7, Cole Maguire (North Central) 38.98. 8, Xavier Griffin (Merrillville) 38.99. 9, Sam Hohlt (Center Grove) 39.02. … 25, Sam Tanner (Plymouth) 40.59.
800: 1, Keith Abramson (Avon) 1:54.62. 2, Jacob Lough (Indianapolis North Central) 1:54.91. 3, Yonas Araya (Ben Davis) 1:55.05. 4, Jalen Royal (FW Northrop) 1:55.41. 5, Matthew Schadler (Evansville Memorial) 1:56.05. 6, Mitch Curl (West Lafayette) 1:56.07. 7, Tanner Sallee (Northridge) 1:56.27. 8, Luke Griner (Wawasee) 1:56.28. 9, Callaway Bird (Culver Academies) 1:56.28. 9, Adam Gasaway (LaPorte) 1:56.30.
200: 1, Justin Becker (FW Carroll) 21.50. 2, Isaac Guerendo (Avon) 21.57. 3, Jahn Riley (Pike) 21.67. 4, Noah Malone (Hamilton SE) 21.71. 5, Ethan Roach (West Vigo) 21.96. 6, Keyshawn McGill (Michigan City) 21.99. 7, Isiah Baxter (Carmel) 21.99. 8. Jalen Bowman (Evansville Central) 22.11. 9. Kyle Markland (Franklin Central) 22.21. … TRIALS: 19, Terrell Pratcher (NorthWood) 22.50 … 21, Jordon Freeman (Culver Academies) 22.62.
3200: 1, Skylar Stidam (Christian Academy) 9:13.34. 2, Alec Fleming (Lowell) 9:13.92. 3, Ben Miller (Carmel) 9:14.90. 4, Ian Hunter (Indianapolis North Central) 9:15.58. 5, Amani (Skip) Morrell (SB Saint Joseph) 9:15.68. 6, Matthew Yoder (Westview) 9:16.79; 7, Will Persin (McCutcheon) 9:17.24. 8, Collin Huber (Valparaiso) 9:18.21; 9, Noah Hufnagel (Heritage Hills) 9:18.93.
4 x 400 Relay: 1, Fishers (Nicholas Carrithers, Henry Lewis II, DiSean Graham, Benjamin Norton) 3:15.80. 2, Indpls North Central 3:16.43. 3, FW Northrop 3:18.45. 4, FW South 3:18.77. 5, Pike 3:19.36. 6, Carmel 3:19.53. 7, Center Grove 3:19.76. 8, Hamilton Southeastern 3:20.00. 9, Lowell 3:20.11.
High Jump: 1, Nate Patterson (Plymouth) 7-4 (STATE RECORD). 2, Lawrence Mitchell (Pike) 6-10. 3, Eli Pancol (Pendleton Heights) 6-8. 4, Matthew Jenkins (Mitchell) 6-7. 5, Simon Miller (Bethany Christian) 6-7. 6, Isaas Brown (DeKalb) 6-7. 7, Logan Benson (Western Boone) 6-6. 8, Keyshawn McGill (Michigan City) 6-06. 9, Nd Eze (New Albany) J6-6.
Long Jump: 1, Nick Ryan (Crown Point) 23-5 ½. 2, Isaac Guerendo (Avon) 23-3 ½. 3, Pierce Thomas (Brownsburg) 23-2 ¼. 4, Kynton Grays (Indianapolis Ritter) 22-10 ¾. 5, Tayson Parker (Northwestern) 22-09 ¾. 6, Tyler Bensz (LaPorte) 22-9 ¼. 7, Nate Patterson (Plymouth) 22-9. 8, Lance Roark (Seymour) 22-8 ¾. 9, Sanmy Sommers (Oak Hill) 22-7 ½. … 12, Luke Beehler (LaVille) 22-3 ¼ … 13, Keyshawn McGill (Michigan City) 22-3.
Shot Put: 1, George Karlaftis (West Lafayette) 60-0 ½. 2, Brett Norton (Merrillville) 59-7 ¼. 3, Grayson Zinn (Zionsville) 59-6 ¼. 4, Ryan Stefanko (Michigan City) 59-3 ½. 5, Brock King (Avon) 57-6 ¾. 6, Ethan Alyea (North Central) 56-11 ¾. 7, Tyler Majors (Lawrence North) 56-11. 8, Nathaniel James (Avon) 56-2 ¾. 9. Jason Swarens (TH South) 55-11 ¾. … 11, Jameson Baker (Tippecanoe Valley) 53-11 ¼ ,, 12, Brock Tauteris (Goshen) 53-11.
Discus: 1, Tyler Gilbert (Western) 177-3. 2, Ethan Alyea (North Central) 176-9. 3, Grayson Zinn (Zionsville) 171-4. 4, Brock King (Avon) 169-0. 5, Michael Boots (Evansville Mater Dei) 166-8. 6, Bennett Clark, Bennett (Zionsville) 166-3. 7, Gannon Grider (Highland) 164-6. 8, Brett Norton (Merrillville) 163-1. 9, Jonathan Dodrill (Bloomington South) 162-11.
Pole Vault: 1, Colton Crum (Frankfort) 17-6 ¼ (STATE RECORD). 2, Nathan Stone (Lawrence North) 17-0. 3, Dillon Richard (Avon) 15-6. 4, Ben Raffin (Chesterton) 15-0. 5, Lucas Bender (Zionsville) 15-0. 6, Colton Ritz (Brownstown Central) 14-9. 7, Sam Wood (Churubusco) J14-9. 8, Payton Haack (Westfield) 14-6. 9, Jacob Bondon (Portage) 14-6.
MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD: Colton Crum (Frankfort).

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