Gordon places 3rd at Illinois Top Times indoor meet

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By Andrew Harner

At the Illinois Top Times meet, freshman Curtis Gordon medaled and broke his own school record in the pole vault.

He cleared 14 feet, 6 inches for third place last Saturday at the unofficial indoor state meet in Illinois Wesleyan University's Shirk Center in Bloomington.

Gordon finished a foot and a half behind Carlinville senior Jack Denby, who won the event with 16 feet. The second-place finisher was Casey-Westfield’s Riley Smith, who cleared 15 feet, 3 inches.

Gordon's height is well higher than the Illinois High School Association automatic state-qualifying standard of 13 feet.

Also participating was freshman Emma Meyer, who finished 20th in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 8.49 seconds.

Meyer narrowly missed qualifying for the meet in the pole vault.

She cleared 9 feet, 3 inches during the Charleston Indoor at Eastern Illinois University, but that was the 13th best height among athletes in the state. The top 12 made it to the Top Times meet.


The Vandals will host the first of four home track meets next Tuesday, with Pana and Greenville coming for a co-ed meet.

There will also be co-ed meets on April 17 and May 8, and a boys meet on May 15.


The Vandals were in Hillsboro on Tuesday for a soggy meet that was hindered by rain.

Complete official results were not available by press time due to the original copies of the official results being damaged by the rain.

Freshman Emma Meyer was the girls pole vault champion, clearing a school record 10 feet.

The girls 4+x100-meter relay team also bested teams from Hillsboro, Carlinville and Southwestern, with Meyer coming from behind on the final leg for the win.

In the girls 100-meter hurdles, freshman Anna Miller placed first and senior Iris Daiber placed third.

For the boys, freshman Curtis Gordon narrowly won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.14 seconds, and he placed second in pole vault with 13 feet. He chose to stop at that height due to the wet conditions.

Also placing first were: senior Colton Woolsey (shot put, 40 feet, 3 inches), sophomore Ethan Meyer (triple jump, 35 feet, 11 inches); and junior Ben Strobel (1,600-meter run, 4:59.03).

Junior Luke Hollinshead was second in the shot put, with 39 feet, 6 inches, and Woolsey was second in long jump, with 17 feet, 9 1/2 inches.