Qualifying for a state event during the 2017-18 school year hasn’t been unusual for Cody Fielder of Fremont High School.
Fielder, who will compete in the Class A pole vault this weekend at the state track meet, qualified for the postseason in all three of his sports as a senior. As a cornerback/running back, he helped the Tigers end a nine-year playoff drought in football. In wrestling, he earned his third straight state medal by placing fifth in Class A’s 120-pound division.
“I’m pretty proud of it,” Fielder said about the state trifecta. “My wrestling coach (Ben Wilcox) told me about it a few days ago. It just shows me how good of a senior year I had.”
Fielder won’t be the only FHS athlete competing in the pole vault at 9 Saturday morning at Omaha Burke. University of Nebraska recruit Jake Sellon has the top mark (16-0) heading into the event.
“Pole vaulting with Jake has been great for me because he has always been good,” Fielder said. “I look at him for what I should try to do to improve myself. I have a good visual working with him every day in practice.”
Jake’s father, Dave, is the head track coach and works with the vaulters.
“Coach Sellon is a great coach,” Fielder said. “He has worked with me a lot and helped me get to the point I am at now.”
Fielder cleared 12-8 and finished fourth at the A-2 district meet last week at Appleget Field. He has a personal best of 13-0.
“My goal for state is to make 14-0,” Fielder said. “I’ve made 13-6 in practice a couple of times so I’m confident in being able to make that so the next step is 14-0. If I can do that, I would probably be able to medal at the lower end.”
While Fielder was a starter for Coach Seth McClain in football and a consistent scorer in track, wrestling is his specialty.
He was fifth in Class A’s 106-pound division as a sophomore and was sixth at 113 in 2017. He has committed to wrestle at NCAA Division III’s Nebraska Wesleyan.
“That was the first college visit I took in the fall,” Fielder said about NWU. “Right away I liked the campus and the people there. They have a good education program and that is what I eventually plan on doing.”
Fielder was also selected to participate in the 2018 NSWCA All-Star Dual on June 9 at Grand Island Senior High. The dual feature some of the top wrestlers from across the state.
“I didn’t really know much about it before I got accepted for it,” Fielder said. “Coach Wilcox nominated me for it.”
Fielder has also been informed that he will receive a scholarship at the banquet the night before the duals.
“Someone from each class wins a scholarship and I won the one for Class A,” he said. “I’m pretty honored to receive that. There are a lot of good wrestlers and good students that were nominated for that.”
After the all-star event, Fielder will turn his attention to preparing for Wesleyan. He hopes to make an impact with the Prairie Wolves.
“My ultimate goal there is to be an All-American and wrestle at the national level,” he said. “I just want to keep improving and do the best that I can.”
Fielder has had many memorable moments during his career. He said he won’t ever forget the district wrestling championship he won as a sophomore and also Fremont’s 39-36 win over Papillion-La Vista in the regular-season football finale of 2017. The latter clinched a playoff berth for the Tigers.
The recent FHS graduate hopes to add to his list of unforgettable moments this weekend. Fremont will be looking for its first Class A state track title since 2005.
“We’re going for the championship this year,” he said. “We’re not going home without it. ... It would be pretty cool if we could do that. Being a champion is something I’ve wanted throughout high school.”