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Soaring to new heights 5/8
Isenhower nearly breaks record at Tuesday Lebanon track meet.
By RICHIE HALL
LEBANON -- After officially winning the high jump during Lebanon's Tuesday three-way track meet, Matt Isenhower kept on competing.
The Tiger senior's opponent? History.
Isenhower had already cleared 6' 4" when his last opponent was eliminated from competition. But he kept on going, eventually setting the bar at 6' 9-1/2," exactly 1/4-inch higher than David Brown's long-standing record. That's where history caught up with him, though, as he missed all three tries.
Should Matt ever break that record, look for a cheering crowd to be on hand. That's exactly what Isenhower likes to hear while he's in the midst of a jump.
"You know what gets me going? It's the crowd," Isenhower said.
Indeed, a not-so-small gathering of Lebanon students, as well as athletes from competitors North Montgomery and Clinton Prairie, clapped and cheered as Isenhower tried his run at history.
Isenhower has competed in the high jump in all of his four years at LHS. Last year, he got as high as 6' 5", before getting injured. This year, he had already cleared 6' 6" coming into Wednesday's meet.
He easily got past 6', 6' 2", and 6' 4," then tied his best mark of the year by clearing 6' 6" . With that ever-important crowd behind him, Isenhower blasted past 6' 7".
Matt missed his first 6' 8" attempt, but nailed it on his second try. The only thing left to do now was try to break the record.
He nearly had the record on his second try, but an errant foot knocked the bar down. Isenhower missed his third attempt, meaning that Brown's mark still stood as the record. For now, anyway.
The six-foot tall Isenhower said that there are quite a few "small things" that go into having a successful career in high jump.
"It's about driving that knee up, (then) using your arms. Then you gotta arch your back."
And yet he can do all that, while his fellow students -- and some competitors -- are clapping and screaming for him.
"I can't do it without them," he said. "I need the motivation. It helps so much."
The IHSAA state tournament qualifying mark is 6' 4" , which means that Isenhower is already jumping at a state level. The state tournament takes place at IUPUI in June, and always attracts many track fans from all over the state.
And with a large crowd, there's no telling what Isenhower could do.