Rushville junior Zach Keim matched his personal best of 13-6 at the Connersville Regional last week. That feat placed him second in the regional and ensured the Lion pole vaulter of a trip to the state finals.
Keim, along with 26 other competitors, will hit the pole vault runway Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Keim, who also played soccer this year for the Lions, not only competed in the pole vault, but also in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash relay and long jump.
He has had a big year, including being named the most valuable athlete at the Greenfield Invitational. Keim scored more points in the invitational than any of the other athletes.
Keim first tried the pole vault his freshman year.
“It looked fun and looked like a challenge,” Keim said of the event.
The event is not an easy one to master and Keim said for all those other looking to try it, to stay with it.
“Don’t give up. A lot of people try and give up because they can’t get it right away. Stay with it. I only cleared 9-feet my freshman year,” Keim said.
Keim first eyed a trip to the state finals when he cleared 13-6 for the first time. That happened this year at a home meet against East Central.
He has set his sights higher for this weekend.
“My goal at state is 14-6,” Keim said. “I think that will get me close to the top nine.”
Bloomington South junior Deakin Volz is the top seeded vaulter (No. 1 in the nation). He cleared 17-3 and is two-feet higher than the No. 2 seed.
“I am excited to watch him jump,” Keim said.
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