MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon boys showed their dominance in the field events Friday in the Mount Vernon News SpecTRACKular.
The Yellow Jackets won all four of the field events completed before lightning canceled things after just one track event had been run.
The Stump brothers — Leevi and Kyle — each won one event, while Jordan Crabtree and Dakota Chapman also won their events.
Leevi Stump jumped 21-foot-0 1/2 inches in the long jump to edge Utica’s Artie Douglas, who leaped 20-8 3/4.
“Coming into this, I did something to my hamstring last week. It’s been sore, but the adrenaline kicked in,” Leevi Stump said. “I’ve been trying to be first in the long jump all through high school. Last year was the first time I wasn’t, so I wanted to redeem myself.”
Finishing third in the long jump was Yared Terrant of Johnstown (20-1 1/4), followed by Travis Baldwin of Utica (18-6 3/4), Sean Borden of Centerburg (17-9 1/2), Silas Beals of Centerburg (17-5 3/4), Colton Moore of Danville (17-4 3/4) and Chris Hoar of Fredericktown (16-11).
Kyle Stump set a Mount Vernon record in winning the shot put. His personal best of 44-foot-7, besides winning the event, set the record for freshmen at Mount Vernon.
“It felt amazing. That’s been my goal — to get the record,” Kyle said. “My last meet I threw 43. This meet I wanted to get it and I did.”
Kyle Stump beat the top seed in the shot put, Ross Franklin of Johnstown, by more than a foot (43-6). Levi Boggs of Utica was third at 42-10 1/2, followed by Austin Heffelfinger of Mount Vernon (41 2 1/2), Dylan Wears of East Knox (40-5 1/2), Colton Stanley of Highland (39-8), Jamarcus Hershberger of Danville (37-4) and Mount Vernon’s Crabtree (34-0 1/2).
Kyle Stump also got a third-place medal in the discus, throwing 121-foot-3. Mount Vernon’s Crabtree won the event with a toss of 141-0. Stanley was second at 122-0, while Joe Byers of East Knox was fourth (110-5), Danville’s Moore was fifth (109-9), Heffelfinger was sixth (107-1), Boggs seventh (105-10) and Christian Severns of Danville (100-0).
The high jump was one of the better battles of the lightning-shortened night. Mount Vernon’s Dakota Chapman edged Douglas in a sudden death jump-off. Both of them cleared 6-foot-0 without a miss, but then couldn’t get over the bar at 6-2. They then dropped the bar an inch at a time until Chapman cleared 6-0 again and Douglas did not.
“It was exciting. All my friends came over and congratulated me,” Chapman said. “That helped me a lot. That was my favorite part tonight — my friends being there to cheer me on. It helped me do better.”