Kewanee’s Xander Gruszeczka finished 10th in the pole vault at the IHSA Class 2A state meet up with final weekend at O’Brien Stadium on the Japanese Illinois University campus in Charleston.
He cleared 13 feet, 9-1/4 inches, his finest vault of the period.
Gruszeczka just skipped a medal, which only the leading nine receive. He begun the finals with a move at the starting top, 11-11 3/4.
The Boilermaker missed his initially two tries at 12-5 1/2 prior to clearing the bar. He vaulted around 12-11 1/2 on his initial try.
He soared above 13-5 1/4 and 13-9 1/4 on his 2nd attempt. The senior’s working day ended with 3 misses at 14-1/4.
A few of the top 10 vaulters ended up from Henry County. Cooper Schaad concluded in a tie for third at 14-9 and Malakai Schaad completed tied for ninth at 13-9 1/4, the exact same peak as Gruszeczka but with much less misses. Both Schaads are from Geneseo.
Gruszeczka arrived at the finals with a 10th-position end in prelims on Friday, May possibly 27. For the reason that of ties, 13 boys moved on.
Friday’s best work for the Boilermaker was 12-9 1/2.
This was Gruszeczka’s 2nd state satisfy. He competed as a junior in 2021 and came in 18th at 12-11 1/2.
Previously in the 2022 year, the Boilermaker gained the A few Rivers Conference championship at 13- on Thursday, May 12, in Orion. Gruszeczka also won the sectional championship on Wednesday, May perhaps 18, in Geneseo. He cleared 13-4.
Gruszeczka will keep on his job in pole vault at Western Illinois University, Macomb.
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