WOLCOTT — Fifty-two years ago, Dick Kochert was the sectional runner-up to West Lafayette’s Steve Russell in the mile run.

The Wainwright High School senior circled Lafayette Jeff’s old cinder track in 4:28.5.

Even as Kochert, who went on to graduate from Purdue University, got older, his love for track and field never waned.

That passion shows even today as he remains an active competitor at 70 years old in the pole vault.

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