Champen places 2nd in state in pole vault


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com



<strong>Christian Champen makes his approach to the pole vault.

Christian Champen makes his approach to the pole vault.


Christian Champen on his upward vault.


Champen grasps the pole as his body extends above the crossbar.


Champen begins his descent after clearing the crossbar.


Champen leans back as he falls to the landing pad.


Northmont Pole Vault Coach Steve Heinrichs congratulates Christian Champen after his final vault of the day at the state meet.


On the podium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, left to right, state pole vault finalists: Kyle Brookshire of Lewis Center Olentangy, Mitchell Kubicki of Toledo Whitmer, Matt Peare of North Canton Hoover, Christian Champen of Clayton Northmont, Lucas Kelley of Massillon Perry, Robbie Oswald of Cincinnati Elder, Danny Malkowski of Wadsworth, and Billy Rook of Mason.


COLUMBUS — Northmont senior Christian Champen has a lot to celebrate. He set a personal best and a new school record in the pole vault at the state finals Saturday in Columbus clearing 16-feet, 4-inches to place 2nd overall. Lucas Kelley of Massillon Perry won the event by clearing 16-feet, 8-inches. He also won the state pole vault in 2014.

Champen represented himself and his school well. As only one of 16 state qualifiers a second place finish is a great accomplishment.

“I’m pretty happy about being second place. I couldn’t ask for a better meet,” Champen said. “There was supposed to be thunder storms today so we got pretty lucky with this nice weather and then having a personal record and peaking at state is even better, so I’m pretty content with what happened today.”

The bad weather held off until about 5:45 p.m. when the meet experienced a lightning delay. The weather for the pole vault was overcast skies with partial sun and high humidity, but the participants in the pole vault didn’t seem to mind at all.

“I felt great coming in,” Champen added. “The last week we’ve been training for all the bad conditions that might happen like head winds or rain. We’ve been training early mornings and we’ve been vaulting at this time, so I think I was well prepared for today.”

The competition was stiff indeed in the Division I pole vault. Robbie Oswald of Cincinnati Elder who won the regional last week with a personal record of 16-feet, 9-inches, ended up placing third at state with a vault of 16-feet. Matt Peare of North Canton Hoover, last year’s state champion at 16-feet, 4-inches, placed fourth this year at 15-feet, 8-inches. Danny Malkowski of Wadsworth placed fifth at 15-feet, 4-inches, Mitchell Kubicki of Toledo Whitmer was sixth at 15-feet. Billy Rook of Mason was seventh at 14-feet, 6-inches and Kyle Brookshire of Lewis Center Olentangy took the last podium spot in eighth place at 14-feet, 6-inches.

“To have made it to state as a sophomore and then last year as a junior didn’t make it out of regional and then to come back to state this year and set a personal record of 16-feet, 4-inches, his highest jump in meet competition this year, and to get second… you can’t get much better. It’s a great day.” said Northmont Pole Vault Coach Steve Heinrichs.

Christian Champen makes his approach to the pole vault.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/06/web1_Champen_approach-1.jpgChristian Champen makes his approach to the pole vault.

Christian Champen on his upward vault.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/06/web1_Champen1A-1.jpgChristian Champen on his upward vault.

Champen grasps the pole as his body extends above the crossbar.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/06/web1_Champen2A-1.jpgChampen grasps the pole as his body extends above the crossbar.

Champen begins his descent after clearing the crossbar.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/06/web1_Champen3A-1.jpgChampen begins his descent after clearing the crossbar.

Champen leans back as he falls to the landing pad.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/06/web1_Champen4A-1.jpgChampen leans back as he falls to the landing pad.

Northmont Pole Vault Coach Steve Heinrichs congratulates Christian Champen after his final vault of the day at the state meet.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/06/web1_Heinrichs_Champen-1.jpgNorthmont Pole Vault Coach Steve Heinrichs congratulates Christian Champen after his final vault of the day at the state meet.

On the podium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, left to right, state pole vault finalists: Kyle Brookshire of Lewis Center Olentangy, Mitchell Kubicki of Toledo Whitmer, Matt Peare of North Canton Hoover, Christian Champen of Clayton Northmont, Lucas Kelley of Massillon Perry, Robbie Oswald of Cincinnati Elder, Danny Malkowski of Wadsworth, and Billy Rook of Mason.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/06/web1_Champen_podium-1.jpgOn the podium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, left to right, state pole vault finalists: Kyle Brookshire of Lewis Center Olentangy, Mitchell Kubicki of Toledo Whitmer, Matt Peare of North Canton Hoover, Christian Champen of Clayton Northmont, Lucas Kelley of Massillon Perry, Robbie Oswald of Cincinnati Elder, Danny Malkowski of Wadsworth, and Billy Rook of Mason.

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.and rrcom or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.and rrcom or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind