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Lindsey, Babcock medal at state

By Staff | Jun 16, 2019

homas Lindsey, above, begins his approach to the pole vault. B

“Each of our Buc fieldsters competed valiantly, and the enthusiastic entourage made it a memorable state weekend,” says Blue Earth Area head track and field coach Tom Plocker on the end to the season during the State Class A Championship meet at Hamline University on June 7.

Junior Thomas Lindsey placed third in the pole vault with a personal-best height of 14-3. According to his coach, the vault competition lasted four hours with 16 vaulters who made the 13-foot mark.

“After making 13-6, there were nine vaulters remaining and Thomas elected to pass 14-0, and he made it on his first attempt,” says Plocker. “Then he cleared 14-3 on his second attempt to secure the third place medal.”

Lindsey’s mark is number two all-time and BEA’s best vault state finish since Jake Zebedee placed second in 2012.

Senior Ben Babcock took ninth place in the long jump with a leap of 20-3/4.

en Babcock, above, sends the sand flying as he lands in the high jump pit. Lindsey and Babcock medaled in their respective events. Lindsey finished in third place in the pole vault with personal-best height of 14-3. Babcock became the first medalist for BEA in the State long jump competition since 1997, finishing in ninth place.

“Entering the competition with the 14th-best mark, Ben knew it might be a tough task to make it to finals and medal,” says his coach. “But after his first flight, Ben was in second place, knowing he would need to hold off two leapers from flight two to secure the coveted top nine. And sure enough, he did. Then Ben improved his mark in the final three jumps and made the State podium. A truly fine final prep meet for Ben.”

Babcock earns BEA’s first long jump medal since first long jump medal since

Ryan Frank placed sixth at State in 1997.

Eighth grader Sophie Keister placed 13th in the high jump with a leap of 5-0.

With opening height of 4-10, Keister missed her first attempt by starting from the wrong mark, but cleared her second attempt.

“Sophie had some good attempts at 5-2, but was unable to get over that formidable mark,” says Plocker.

Keister thus concludes a break-out season that saw her clear 5-0 five separate times, become a Big South champion, and claim the number four spot all-time on Plocker’s outdoor honor roll.