Chase Berry, an 8th grader from St. John Lutheran School in Seward, Nebraska, set the Nebraska Junior High State Record Pole Vault with 13'6" at the 2015 Nebraska Middle School State Championships.
Here is his first record vault of 13'4" at the Seward County Invite at Malcolm HS on 4/23/15.
The Concordia men's track and field team won the GPAC Conference Championship Title. It was the Bulldogs first ever team title. The Women's team earned a second place finish and both teams featured some amazing performances and conference champions.
To start of the weekend, senior Shebly Yelden a Seward, Nebraska native, easily won her first conference title in the women's pole vault. She cleared 12'02.00" and cemented her place as one of the top female vaulters heading into the 2014 NAIA National Championships. Senior Kellie Fegter who was coming back this season from a major knee surgery last year, finished off with a season best of 11'02.25" and placed 5th.
In the men's Decathlon, the Bulldogs swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd with the championship title going to freshman Lucas Wiechman. Sophomore Brandon Ramos and freshman Brandon Cook wrapped up the other two places. Even though their pole vault performances were not what they had hoped for, the all improved their decathlon point totals and are all ranked in the top 16 in the NAIA.
The highlight of the pole vault competition was by senior Carson Farr. He was winning the competition through 15'9 with no misses. At 16'1 he missed his first two attempts while the remaining two competitors cleared on their second attempts. At this point, vaulting at the 16'1 was pointless. If he made it he would be in third place, if he missed it he would be in third place. So we passed his last remaining attempt to 16'5. This meant he only had one vault to clear and win. That is what he did. Conference Champion!
Senior Shelby Yelden has a height of 12'02.00" and is qualified for the outdoor national championships that will be held in Gulf Shores, Alabama this season. Also hitting the auto qualifying for the national meet is senior Kellie Fegter with a clearance of 11'07.75". Both Shelby and Kellie are returning NAIA All-Americans.
On the men's side,Carson Farr enters the Outdoor Championships as the third ranked vaulter at 16'05.25" and he is a returning NAIA All-American. Freshman Lucas Wiechman cleared the auto qualifying at 16'00.00" and Sophomore Brandon Ramos cleared 15'09.00" to auto qualify. Lucas and Brandon will also be competing in the Decathlon at the NAIA national meet, which will be held May 22-24 2014.
Shelby Yelden pictured to left under the watchful eyes of coach Jason Berry.
Seniors Carson Farr and Shelby Yelden both achived All-American honors at the 2014 Indoor National Championships. Carson earned 4th place with a clearance of 16'00.75". Shelby Yelden cleared 11'10.75" to earn 5th place. Just missing All-American status was Cassie Starks with a clearance of 11'07" and a 9th place finish.
To get to the NAIA Indoor National Championships, Carson cleared a height of 16'04.75", senior Shelby Yelden, juniors Cassie Starks and Rianne Gross, all had cleared 11'05". The national indoor championship meet was held March 6-8, 2014 in Geneva, Ohio.
For the first time ever in school history, the Concordia Men's Track & Field Team won the GPAC indoor Conference title. Lead by a group of outstanding seniors, the championship was wrapped up prior to the start of the 4x400 relay. In the pole vault, Carson Farr finished with a disappointing second place, but still gain critical points for the team. In the Men's Heptathlon, the vault contest was highlighted by all three Concordia men clearing new personal bests in the event. Freshman Lucas Wiechman cleared 14'09.00" to win the event. Sophomore Brandon Ramos cleared 14'01.25" for second and Freshman Brandon Cook cleared 10'06.00 for seventh. In all it was a great day for the Concordia Track & Field team.
On the women's side of the competition, the team finished in a solid second place. In the vault, the ladies were lead by Junior Cassie Starks, placing second with a clearance of 11'05.00". As a group, the Concordia ladies placed four vaulters in the top eight earning All-Conference honors and scoring 15.33 points for the team. Junior Cassie Starks (2nd), Junior Rianne Gross (4th), Senior Kellie Fegter (7th) and Junior Shelby Yelden (8th tie).
Now we turn our attention to NAIA Indoor Nationals and then to the outdoor season! Looking forward to warmer weather!
Since 1986, Concordia University, Nebraska pole vaulters have become known for consistently producing some of the top pole vaulters in the NAIA. Through the mid 90's, pole vaulters from Concordia could be seen all over the country competing with and winning some of the top NCAA and NAIA track meets. Lead by Gene Brooks, the school record holder, the vaulters from that era tallied 7 national...
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