Jared Schoelerman put CC-E back on the map when he out-lasted Treynor's Connor Meis in the 1A high jump final on Friday, May 18 at Drake Stadium. Schoelerman had already won the high jump at the Drake Relays and this state title put Schoelerman into the annals of CC-E history. While he couldn't complete the double at state (5th in 110 Hurdles), it was a tremendous season for the Clay Central-Everly senior.
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
Jared Schoelerman can put a state title next to his Drake Relays trophy now.
The Clay Central-Everly senior topped the 1A competition by clearing 6-07 Friday afternoon, May 18, to win the 1A high jump title at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Schoelerman won the Drake Relays high jump last month with a 6-07 jump, and is also No. 1 in the 110-meter hurdles finals after a 15.10 run about an hour after winning the high jump title.
It came at a price - a chance to place in the 400-meter hurldes, the third event Schoelerman qualified in. With the bar at 6-06 and four competitors remaining, he chose to scratch the timed finals of the 400 hurdles to focus on a state title in the high jump.
"My coach and I decided to scratch the 400 hurdles and stay fresh at the high jump," Schoelerman said, who qualified with the 20th best time in the event. "I think I could have placed but I had a much better chance in the high jump. I'll take a first over an eighth any day."
On the winning 6-07 jump, Schoelerman cleared the bar, landed, and then the bar wiggled off. The officials discussed briefly but decided the jump was good.
"I didn't feel the bar when I cleared it. I saw it fall and them talking about it but I felt like it was a good jump. They'd been having some problems with the mat bumping into it."
Whether it was the wind or mat that caused the bar to fall, it wasn't Schoelerman. Treynor's Connor Meis was the only other competitor to clear 6-06 but couldn't get over the last increase.
"He's a great jumper, he was at Drake, too," Schoelerman said of Meis. "He worried me a little bit but I thought I could get 6-07 or 6-08."