CHARLESTON — Joesph McDanel saved some of his best jumps for the end of the track season.
The Mt. Vernon junior spent a portion of the season getting healthy from a back injury but was able to bounce back and finish ninth at the 2A state final.
“I think he was ready to jump 14 (feet) six (inches), 15 feet something like that,” Mt. Vernon coach Clint Turner said. “He had a great week of practice.
“He was jumping well.”
McDanel qualified for the final day of the state track and field meet with a leap of 13 feet, nine inches in the pole vault. He ended with the same height on the final day and a state medal.
The Rams track team qualified for state in five different events, but McDanel was the only one of the Mt. Vernon contingent to qualify for the final day in Charleston.
Some competitors were eliminated by tenths of a second. Others saw their season end by just seconds.
Karson Hahn was edged out in the preliminaries by about a half second in the 800 meters. The 3,200 relay team of Jake Wilson, Xavies Mooney, Brykell Patton and Ethan Badger also just missed advancing by about two seconds.
Mt. Vernon’s 1,600 meter relay team of DeMontez Miller, Robert Grider, Badger and Steve Boss had their season end in the prelims as well. The final qualifying relay team was about two seconds faster than the Rams quartet.
David Modert also competed in the preliminaries and missed the final round by about five seconds after he finished with a time of 4:32.10.
“We were happy with the state meet in certain regards, and we felt like we could have some other successes in a couple other events,” Turner said. “For the most part, we’re happy with the season.”