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Boys’ State Track Finals - Woods, Maddox, Wenning finish off state podium

Woods, Maddox, Wenning finish off state podium
Woods, Maddox, Wenning finish off state podium
Corydon Central sophomore Sean Woods slides over the bar at 13 feet, 6 inches for 18th place in the pole vault at the boys’ state finals Saturday. Photo by Wade Bell
By Wade Bell, Sports Writer

Corydon Central’s Sean Woods didn’t have the day he thought he would at Saturday’s boys’ track state finals at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Woods passed on 12 feet then missed on his first attempt at 12-6 but cleared the bar on his second try. The junior also missed on his first try at 13 feet but came through on his second try but brushed the bar. Woods then missed on his first two attempts at 13-6 then barely slid over the bar in his final attempt.

Fourteen feet proved to be too much, and Woods saw his day come to an end. He finished 18th in the standings.

“At first, things were going pretty good, then a few little things went wierd,” Woods said. “My plant was a little crooked at times, but it was just one of those days I guess. I was coming in thinking I could clear 14 again if not go for 14-6 and have a real good shot at it.

“I could punch with my bottom arm and swing a little farther,” he said. “That’s what I’m planning on working on during the summer. … I’ll be back next year.”

In the 800-meter run, South Central’s Maddox Baker, who graduated Sunday, finished 15th in 1:57.15. North Harrison’s Jacob Wenning was 22nd in 1:58.79.

Floyd Central finished as a team in ninth place, thanks to getting hardware in four events: seventh in the 3,200-meter relay, Kaden Stewart second in the high jump (6-foot-8), Max Grangier ninth in the 300-meter hurdles (39.47 seconds) and Will Conway’s fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run (9:02.81). The Highlanders also broke two school records: the 3,200-meter relay, completed in 7:52.53 and Conway’s 3,200-meter run.