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Fritz ties for 13th in D-III high jump

By DON HOHLER • May 30, 2016 at 6:00 PM

WAVERLY, Iowa – Wes Fritz was denied All-American status Friday morning at the NCAA DIV III men’s track and field meet at Wartburg College.

Fritz, a St. Paul graduate, tied for 13th in the 20-person high jump field.

The Heidelberg freshman cleared 6-5 1/2 then missed all three attempts at 6-7.

Nick Vachon, of Cortland State, won the event at 6-11 3/4 on his first jump. Logan Mulford, of Central College, also went 6-11 3/4 but missed his first jump at that height to place second.

The top eight finished as All-Americans.

Fritz opened up well, clearing 1.87, 1.92, and 1.97 meters all on his first attempt.

Fritz was one of just two freshman who qualified for nationals this year in the high jump.

“I would say he finished somewhere in the middle of the pack which was just about the same place he went into competition,” his father, Chuck, said Friday afternoon.

“Wes did not have the pop today he usually has,” Fritz added. “He told me in the middle of his warm-ups that he was not satisfied with the way he was jumping. It looked to me like he did not carry the speed he usually does on the approach.''

Chuck and Sue Fritz, though, are proud of his accomplishments this season.

“But as a competitor, he only had one thing in mind and that was to win,” Fritz said.

Wes picked up still another honor this past week when he was named to the All-Regional team, an honor which goes to the top five in the region and top 30 in the nation.

Academically, he was also notified of placing on the dean’s list.

Fritz is back to banking this summer in Norwalk (Civista) for the second year and then heads back to Heidelberg in the fall.

 

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