Jake Sellon grew up around Fremont High track so he has heard all about the school’s rich tradition of pole vaulters like Randy Raymond, Shawn Pebley and Ryan Wilson.
On Friday afternoon at the Pat Murphy Invitational, Sellon put his name at the top of the all-time chart for the Tigers. His vault of 16-0 surpassed Wilson’s school record of 15-7 1/2 set in 1999.
“I wanted to do this last week at Millard South, but it didn’t work out because I didn’t have the right poles,” said Sellon, the son of FHS head coach Dave Sellon. “I’m glad it worked out the way it did because I really like doing this at home in front of the crowd with some of the alumni here.”
Sellon’s performance, which ties for seventh on the state’s all-time chart, helped the Tigers capture finish second in the team race. Lincoln Southwest won with 165 points. Fremont had 156 while Millard North was third with 75.
New poles for Sellon arrived early in the week and the senior got a few days to try them out prior to Friday.
“They felt good,” he said. “I was ready to do this today.”
Sellon made his first attempts at 14-0 and 14-6. He then went straight to 15-8.
“We thought about trying 15-4 because it would be a meet record,” he said. “But I felt like I could get them both with one jump. I was confident about it. I felt comfortable and I got it on my first try.”
He then moved to 16-0 where he missed his first attempt.
“I was under and my run wasn’t quite right so I came up a little short,” he said. “We adjusted and my second attempt felt really good.”
Sellon’s name has been peppered throughout the school’s all-time class lists for the event, but he has never been at the top — until now.
“They keep those charts very updated,” he said. “I’ve never had the top mark in my class. I’ve been close, but now I have one. It is pretty cool.”
Dave Sellon said he thought his son had the potential to break Wilson’s mark.
“Jake has had practices when it was nice weather that we thought he could do something like this,” Coach Sellon said. “For this to happen at the Murphy Invite and have the weather cooperating ... everything came together today. We’re very happy for him.”
Coach Sellon said the Tigers surpassed meet projections.
“We just had a spectacular meet,” he said. “All the kids had a great meet. It just kept getting better and better.”
Junior Lucas Arps had a solid day. He won the 400 meters in 51.59 while teammate Wes Ferguson was second in 51.72. Caelin Reeh was third in 52.57. Arps added a title in the 200 (22.28) and joined Ferguson, Jose Gonzalez and Ross McMahon on the winning 1,600-meter relay team (3:31.05).
“It means a lot to compete today because my girlfriend and family are in the crowd,” Arps said. “It has been an awesome year so far.”
The 400 is Arps’ specialty. He has a friendly wager with a family member about a time he would like to hit this season.
“I might be shooting for the stars, but my grandfather bet me that if I get 47.5 or anywhere around there we’ll get matching tattoos.”
Arps was one of the top quarter-milers in Class A last year, but suffered a pulled hamstring at the state meet. He is healthy now and looking forward to the rest of the season.
“This has been an amazing day and we have an amazing team,” he said. “Jake had a great day. Jose is feeling better than ever. I’m feeling better than ever. I think our team is better than last year. I’m just so happy that we have this meet, conference and districts here.”
Gonzalez missed the track season last year due to injury, but he won the 1,600 in 4:29.67. Ferguson also secured an individual title in the 800 (2:01.38).
The Tigers also got a first-place finish in the 3,200-meter relay. Matthew Klein, Ben Schulz, Reed Johannsen and Gonzalez finished in 8:28.08.
McMahon placed second in the high jump (6-2) while Bergan Hofer was runner-up in the shot put (52-11 1/2). Tristan Novak was second in both hurdles events. In the 110s he finished in 15.19 while he ran a 42.40 in the 300s.
“Tristan knocked about a half-second off his time in the 110s,” Sellon said. “He showed he is someone to contend with as the season plays out.”
CJ Martinez was second in the 3,200 in 9:53.16. He has been bothered by a calf injury this spring.
“I didn’t run this last week at all,” he said. “The last time I ran was at our last meet. Coach (Sean) McMahon said my time was still pretty good today. Lately I’ve just been biking or aqua jogging. That’s all I’ve been doing for training.”
Martinez, who will compete next fall for Midland University, likes the potential of the 2018 Tigers.
“We’re still working out the kinks with guys injured, but we’re coming back from it,” he said. “I think overall our team is pretty good.”
The Tigers will compete Thursday at the Harold Scott Invitational at Lincoln High.
Pat Murphy Invitational
Team Scores — Lincoln Southwest 165, Fremont 156, Millard North 75, Columbus 44, Millard South 35, Norfolk 31, Lincoln Southeast 21.
Event Winners, FHS and Columbus Placers
Pole Vault — 1. Jake Sellon, FHS, 16-0 (new meet record). 4. Cody Fielder, FHS, 12-6.
Triple Jump — 1. Jesse Lewis, LSW, 44-11 1/2. 3. Noah Stoeckle, C, 41-8 1/2. 4. Blake Petersen, C, 40-11 1/4.
Long Jump — 1. Jacob Losole, MN, 22-1 1/4. 3. Austin Everitt, FHS, 21-4 1/4.
High Jump — 1. Blake Van Ert, LSW, 6-2. 2. Ross McMahon, FHS, 6-2. 3. David Arcos, C, 6-0. 5. (tie) Trevor Synovec, FHS, 5-8. Michael Anderson, LSE, 5-8. Jesse Lewis, LSW, 5-8.
Shot Put — 1. Kevin Shubert, MN, 55-11. 2. Bergan Hofer, FHS, 52-11 1/2. 4. Garrett Krumland, C, 48-11. 6. Spencer Fitz, FHS, 48-2.
Discus — 1. Drew Mertz, MN, 173-5. 3. Keegan Menning, FHS, 155-7. 4. Krumland, C, 150-10.
3,200-Meter Relay — 1. Fremont (Matthew Klein, Ben Schulz, Reed Johannsen, Jose Gonzalez), 8:28.08. 6. Columbus (Lucas Miller, Isaiah Hoard, Alex Rodriguez, Axel Leon), 9:03.21.
110-Meter Hurdles — 1. Nick Stoeckle, C, 15.05. 2. Tristan Novak, FHS, 15.19.
100 Meters — 1. Jacob Losole, MN, 11.20.
200 Meters — 1. Lucas Arps, FHS, 22.28.
400 Meters — 1. Lucas Arps, FHS, 51.59. 2. Wes Ferguson, FHS, 51.72. 3. Caelin Reeh, FHS, 52.57.
800 Meters — 1. Wes Ferguson, FHS, 2:01.38. 4. Ben Schulz, FHS, 2:05.78
1,600 Meters — 1. Jose Gonzalez, FHS, 4:29.67. 5. Edmund England, FHS, 4:45.09.
3,200 Meters — 1. Luke Nolley, LSW, 9:47.95. 2. CJ Martinez, FHS, 9:53.16. 5. Jayden Kumm, FHS, 10:34.37.
300-Meter Hurdles — 1. Nick Stoeckle, C, 40.72. 2. Tristan Novak, FHS, 42.40. 5. Austin Everitt, FHS, 43.37.
400-Meter Relay — 1. Millard North, 43.65. 5. Fremont (Daniel Godoy, Nate Grimm, Zane Klein, Ty Sookram), 45.88.
1,600-Meter Relay — 1. Fremont (Wes Ferguson, Jose Gonzalez, Ross McMahon, Lucas Arps), 3:31.05. 6. Columbus (David Arcos, Santiago Ramirez, Axel Leon, Curtis Briggs), 3:46.99.