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Kipp heading to Ashland

By MICHAEL GRECO • Jun 15, 2016 at 6:00 AM

NEW LONDON — Dylan Kipp isn’t straying too far from home.

The recent New London graduate will attend Ashland University in the fall and study sports management/marketing.

He’ll also compete for the Eagles’ track and field team.

“Over the summer, I went to a track camp there,’’ Kipp said.”The high jumps coach contacted me. When I went to visit, I got on the team.’’

Kipp competed all four years in track for the Wildcats.

“We are excited that Dylan will be joining the Ashland University team next year,’’ Wildcats coach Misty Ebinger said. “Dylan is very competitive and has a great work ethic, so he will fit in really well. Ashland is known for their track and field tradition and a lot of local athletes have found success there.”

The 2016 season was challenging for Kipp.

He competed only twice after the Crestview Pruner Invitational April 22 because of injuries.

“The biggest highlights was at the Mehock Relays (April 16),’’ Kipp said.”I PR’d at 6-foot-2 and finished third in the meet. That felt pretty good. I first cleared 6-2 and that was one of my goals.’’

Mansfield Senior junior Joe Ellis finished first at 6-8, followed by Galion senior Colton Moore at 6-6.

Kipp finished fourth in the high jump in the Firelands Conference tournament at 5-8 and just missed out on qualifying for the regional, posting fifth with a 5-10 at the Division III Bucyrus district.

“Dylan is very talented in the high jump and hurdle races,’’ Ebinger said. “He placed in the high jump at the state indoor track and field meet in March. Dylan struggled through ankle injuries in his senior season, but still competed in several meets, including the Mehock Relays, (Firelands) conference and districts. He is a tough athlete. We're sad to see him go, but excited for him to continue competing at Ashland.’’

Kipp is slated to compete in the indoor and outdoor seasons at Ashland.

“I get to focus my energy on high jump workouts,’’ he said. “Most of the work will be approaches and running a lot of curves.’’

He said the goal is to reach 6-6, 6-8.

At New London, Kipp also participated in basketball for four years, football as a freshman and sophomore and cross country in his junior year.

“I appreciate what all of high school has taught me,’’ Kipp said. ”This year perserverance was a big thing. I could have given up, but I didn’t want to.

“I’m excited to go to Ashland, but there are some things I’m going to miss.’’ he added.

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