Sheldon Parthemer, Frankfort, was among three pole vaulters left last Thursday when the bar was raised to 13 feet at the Twin Valley League meet at Valley Heights.
Parthemer, along with Levi Gauby, Washington County, and Dylan Boeckman, Centralia, missed on their first attempts. The Frankfort senior cleared the height for the second time this season. He spent the few minutes pacing until Gauby and Boeckman missed on their next two attempts. Parthemer shook hands with both of them and then asked for the bar to be raised to 13-6. He missed all three tries, but his 13-0 clearance will make him the top vaulter at Friday’s 1A regional, which will be at home.
“I’ve been sick the past week or two so I’ve started every meet kind of rough,” Parthemer said. “I came in at 11-0 and missed my first attempt. I missed once at 12-6.”
He likes the idea of competing one more time at home, where his goal is to be the regional champ.
“All the track meets I have been in (this year) I have been undefeated,”he said. “I plan to keep that up. It’s not like there will be less competition there as long as Dylan Boeckman keeps going like he is.”
Boeckman came into league as an 11-6 vaulter and left a foot better.
Teams at the state qualifier will be from Axtell, Centralia, Hanover, Beloit-St. John’s, Clifton-Clyde, Glasco, Highland-Doniphan West, Hope, Junction City-St. Xavier, Immaculata, Linn, Lost Springs-Centre, Mankato-Rock Hills, Marais des Cygnes Valley, Miltonvale, Onaga, Blue Valley, Pike Valley, Tescott, Wakefield, Wetmore and White City.
Pole vault will start at 3 p.m. The other field events will start at 3:30 p.m. Preliminary races will be at 4:30 p.m. Finals will start 20 minutes after prelims.
Valley Heights will have the 2A regional, which will start at 3 p.m. for field events. Preliminary races start at 5 p.m. and finals will be 20 minutes after prelims. Teams there will be the hosts, Allen-Northern Heights, Belleville-Republic County, Burlingame, Herington, Horton, Jackson Heights, McLouth, Olathe-Heritage Christian Academy, Shawnee-Maranatha Academy, Troy, Valley Falls, Alma-Wabaunsee, Washington County and Winchester-Jefferson County North.
Parthemer, like several area athletes, are focused this week on qualifying for state. Only the top four placers in each event will make it to the May 27 and 28 state meet in Wichita.
For Parthemer, he has taken six attempts at 13-6.
“My attempts last week were better than what I did at league,” he said. “It is reachable. Making 13 felt unreachable till I made it.”
There were 19 area TVL champions.
Winners from Axtell were Bradie Schmitz in the 200 (26.83 seconds), 400 (59.91); Mariah Deters, high jump (5-4); Brice Koch, 800 (in a school and league 1:58.86 record); and Caleb Heiman, 300 hurdles (41.98.
Valley Heights winners were Kayla Smith in the 100 (12.98) and triple jump (36-11.5, which broke a league record); Jo Roepke, long jump (16-10.25); Shelby Vermetten, shot put (38-6) and discus (124-2); and Adrian Pishny, 1,600 (4:47.02).
Centralia champions were Tamra Jones, 1,600 (5:55.95); Sadie Jones, 3,200 (13:39.23); Breanna Schmitz, pole vault (10-0); and Madison Lueger, javelin (123-6).
Frankfort’s Ryan Kraushaar improved with almost every throw in the javelin to hit a personal-best 173-3.
Hanover’s wins came with Claire Zarybnicky in the 800 (2:27.0); 4×400 girls’ relay, 4:13.79; Matthew White 100 (10.95) and 400 (53.4); 4×100 boys’ relay (44.64); 4×400 boys’ relay (3:33.54); and 4×800 boys (8:40.72).
Centralia girls and Washington boys won league team titles. Complete results are under track meets.