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Crown Point vaulter Jordan Kelly shooting for 16 feet, and more

2013-04-17T19:15:00Z 2013-04-18T22:52:03Z Crown Point vaulter Jordan Kelly shooting for 16 feet, and moreAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
April 17, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | With all apologies to baseball, there is no crying in track and field as well.

You couldn't blame region teams if they did, given this frustrating stretch of cold, rainy, windy weather that has affected individual performances and won't let up.

Crown Point senior pole vaulter Jordan Kelly, in smaller outdoor meets when the weather's miserable, will make one jump for the needed points, then call it a night.

"I was hoping to be a little bit higher at this point by now but the weather's really not being very helpful," Kelly said. "It's been cold every day. On days we can vault, it's pretty much raining or it's way too cold.

"And the wind's always a big factor because if it's blowing straight at you, it's really hard to run and get your steps right. But we still have nine weeks left so I should be used to it by then."

At practice, when it gets windier than the Chicago City Council, Kelly and his teammates often carry the huge mats and vault standards -- the entire setup -- to the opposite end of the runway so the wind is at their backs.

If there's a strong crosswind, you're out of luck.

Other than that, it's been a simply delightful season.

"It's particularly rough on vaulters who are vaulting in the area of kids like Jordan and Hobart's (Nick) Stack if they're clearing 13, 14, 15 feet," C.P. coach Keith Iddings said. "As you get higher up on that pole, the wind's going to affect you more.

"It's not ideal. You want (Jordan) to get as much practice and experience as possible."

Kelly placed ninth at state last year with a vault of 14 feet, has gone 15 indoors this season and is shooting for 16 feet by state if the weather cooperates.

"Maybe a little higher. I'm trying to make our school record (15 feet) as high as possible," said Kelly, who gets a rush from going airborne. "As soon as I plant and fly, it's a lot of fun.

"If you go over, everybody yells and screams. And if you miss, it's always a-w-w-w-w. But people are always watching."

Kelly and his coach have the right mindset as their season unfolds.

"We don't usually get this much cold, wet weather. We can't control it, so the best we can do is adapt to it and get the best results we can," Iddings said.

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