EAST PEORIA - Vandalia eighth-grader Curtis Gordon has repeated as state champion, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault.
Gordon battled an athlete from Parkside all the way to the final height, with Gordon clearing 12-9 on his third attempt.
Prior to the pole vault, Gordon placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Illinois Elementary School Association state finals are held at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria.
Much more information on Gordon's day will be available in the May 25 edition of The Leader-Union.