Vaulter Aaron Owens places third in the nation, other Meteors place in Meet of Champs

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Midpark’s Aaron Owens followed up his state championship in the pole vault with a third place finish last week in the New Balance National Outdoor Championship.

At the New Balance Meet, held June 14-16 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C., Owens cleared the bar at a height of 16 feet and four inches for a third place in the event.

The winner of the pole vault was Daven Murphree from Winnsboro, Texas, with a jump of 17 feet even. The second place jump measured 16 feet, eight inches.

Earlier this month, Owens won the Division I state pole vault championship with a leap of 16 feet, even.

Owens’ jump of 16 feet, four inches at the New Balance meet was a new personal best record.

“He has jumped sixteen feet before several times,” said Owens’ track coach at Midpark High School, Rick Mack. “He jumped 16 feet, three inches earlier this year.”

I wasn’t really as nervous about being in the National Meet as I was about being in the State Meet. It was more fun.

In April of this year, Owens had a vault measuring 16 feet, three inches at the Berea Kiwanis Relays. In the Division I district finals at Amherst, he jumped an even 16 feet.

“I wasn’t really as nervous about being in the National Meet as I was about being in the State Meet,” Owens said.

“It was more fun. You get to be there competing with some of the best athletes in the country.”

Coach Mack pointed out that on the same weekend that Owens was at the New Balance meet, two other Midpark athletes were competing in the Midwest Meet of Champions in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In the pole vault at the Midwest Meet, Midpark’s Branson Repasy finished in third place with a leap of 15 feet.

This was a personal best height for Repasy in the pole vault. In this year’s Division I state track meet, he finished in fifth place with a jump of 14 feet, six inches. “They’re both talented athletes,” Coach Mack said of the two pole vaulters. “They were both on the football team. They are used to going out there and giving their best efforts.”

Also for Midpark, Lou Styles finished in sixth place in the 1600 meter run, turning in a time of 1:47.82 at the Midwest Meet of Champions.

Styles’ best effort in this event is a time of 1:43.27. He turned in this clocking at the 2013 Division I state track meet, finishing in seventh place.

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