Southwestern senior James Fulz went into this weekend’s Mason Dixon Indoor State Championships a little unsure how he might fare in the Class AAA high jump event.

“I have not trained any since last track season and I had no idea how I might do in the Mason Dixon Games,” Fulz admitted. “I was hoping I didn’t fall and embarrass myself.”

Fulz did not fall, but the rest of the Class AAA high jump field did as the Southwestern senior claimed the indoor state championship with a winning height of 6-foot.

Fulz, Bud Fancher of Conner and Nick Kaiser of Boone County, all cleared the 6-foot mark, but Fulz was the only competitor to clear the winning mark on his first attempt giving him the indoor Class AAA state title.

Fulz missed most of last track season with an injury and recorded a best height of 6-foot, which he matched this weekend in his first time out.

“Winning this meet is really a confidence booster for me,” Fulz said. “ I think if I work hard at the high jump this spring, I can clear 6-8.”

Southwestern’s’ Kotey Crowe finished third in the girls’ pole vault with a best of 8-0. Crowe, also finished 24th in the 55-meter hurdles.

Southwestern’s 3200-meter relay team of Eric Denham, Jacob Belwood, Sabastian Rhode and Chris Rink turned in a 8:49 clocking and finished in fifth place in the Class AAA race.

Somerset’s Jeremy Sites placed fifth in he boys’ Class A 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:37. Jumper teammate Adam Joplin placed sixth in the 3,000-meter run with time of 9:58.

Other top local finishers included; Southwestern’s Elizabeth Eaton 19th in the 800-meter run — 2:48, Kayln Bowers of Pulaski 14th in the 1,500-meter run — 5:45, Brittany Whitaker of Southwestern 18th in the long jump — 9-0, Eric Denham of Southwestern 11th in the 800-meter run — 2:11, Craig McQueen of Pulaski 20th in the 800-meter run — 2:15, Jacob Belwood of Southwestern 14th in the 1,500-meter — 4:34, Sabastian Rhode of Southwestern 11th in the 3,000-meter run — 9:53, Aaron Moss of Southwestern 10th in the long jump — 18-5, and Adam Diamond of Southwestern 14th in the shot put — 37-10.

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