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Wiedemer wins Pentathlon title

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By Mickey Patterson

CRESTWOOD – Kyle Wiedemer’s talents were put  to the test as the South Oldham High School senior took the Pentathlon title at the Christian Academy Invitational April 16.
“It was the first time anyone from our school had ever competed in it so I hold the school record which is cool,” Wiedemer said.
The event, rarely held in high school meets, included the 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, high jump, shot put and long jump.
Wiedemer, who normallly runs the 800, was chosen by SOHS coach Stan Clark for his versatility.
“Coach told me I was the first person he thought of when he saw the event,” Wiedemer said. “He thought I might be the best all-around guy for it.”
Wiedemer did manage some practice time and was able to work with a high jump coach and get some tips from teammates.
“I had about two weeks of practice,” he said. “I run the 4x400 relay and had long jumped some before, but the things were completely new to me.”
Wiedemer won the event with 2,489 points beating the other seven competitors. Robert McCormick of Pleasure Ridge Park was second with 2,418 points. Alec Horn of North Oldham was third with 2,413 points.
Wiedemer won three of the five events starting with his specialty, the 800, with a time of 2:11.38, just ahead of teammate Leonard Faul in second at 2:11.58.
He also won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, six inches which tied him with Horn and Logan Crawford of Christian Academy. Wiedemer took the event with less jumps to achieve the height.
“I had a lot of people tell me that was a pretty good jump,” Wiedemer said.
Wiedemer took his final first in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet, 10 inches. Horn was second at 17-9. It was an event he felt he could have done even better in.
“I kept leaving about a foot on the board,” Wiedemer said. “There was a little bit of a tail wind behind me and my college coach was there and he said he thought that might have thrown me off a little bit or I would have really killed it.”
Wiedemer took third place in the 200 with a time of 25:60. Crawford won at 24:66 followed by Faul at 25:16.
In the shot put, Wiedemer was seventh with a toss of 27 feet.
“That was definitely the hardest for me, but I figured going in I would make it up in the other events,” he said.
Wiedemer, who has signed to run cross country at Georgetown College, said he doesn’t think he will get another chance to compete in the Pentathlon and will continue to concentrate on the 800 as the post-season meets approach.
“The 800 is a whole different mindset, it’s not really a sprint and not really distance,” Wiedemer said. “You just have to be mentally tough and be willing to push all the way. I like it because sometimes you go with the pack. You have to switch up tactics and use some strategy and that makes it more fun.”
He also has the satisfaction of knowing he was the best at the CAL meet.
“I definitely went into it thinking I was going to win it,” he said. “It was a lot of fun and I would love to try it again.”
 
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