Carter Hahn, second from right, sprints to the finish line in the finals of the 100-meter dash at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships.
Carter Hahn, second from right, sprints to the finish line in the finals of the 100-meter dash at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships.

   Hunter Cook was given a pole last week Wednesday at practice and told he had one jump each at three heights: 12 feet, 6 inches; 13 feet; and 13-6.

   It came down to just that for the Ripon High School sophomore last week Saturday in the finals of the pole vault for Division 2 at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis.

   Cook cleared all three heights on his first attempt to put himself in good position to earn a spot on the podium, ultimately finishing in a tie for fourth place.

   He wasn’t the only Tiger to earn a trip to the podium, either, as Carter Hahn finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a personal-record time of 11.09 seconds.

   Alex Rodriguez also competed at the meet. He placed 16th out of 17 throwers in the shot put with a heave of 44-9.5 on his second try.

   Cook was one of six pole vaulters to clear the first three heights with no blemishes and was among nine who were trying for 14-0.

   After the three who had misses on earlier jumps were all unable to clear 14-0, the sophomore was guaranteed to finish on the podium (top six). But Cook was looking to break his own school record of 13-9 that he had set earlier this year.

   He was unable to do so, however, and finished tied for fourth after three of the other five finalists without a miss until that point, also were unable to clear the bar.

Read the full story, which includes more information about Hahn and Rodriguez, in the June 6, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.