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For Billings West’s Jon Tripp, “state pole vault champion” would be music to his ears

BILLINGS — He drives a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle — powder blue — and his list of favorite musicians begins with a rock ‘n’ roll original and doesn’t get much out of the 1980s.

Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The Cars. Hall & Oates. The Who. Who? Exactly.

“Today’s music is just not for me, I guess,” Jon Tripp says, and just one conversation with the Billings West senior gives you the sense that this is a free spirit.

The backward baseball cap and the wire-rimmed sunglasses he wears during a workout before a weekend track and field meet adds to that impression, as does a story from Golden Bears track coach Rob Stanton.

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