Napoleon’s Fleck Breaks 31-Year Old Record, Clears 7-1.5 In High Jump

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Napoleon’s Ryan Fleck cleared 7-1.5 to set new state meet and state records in the D-II high jump
Napoleon’s Ryan Fleck can now officially forget last year. Those who
watched Fleck perform Saturday, though, will have a hard time
forgetting him. Fleck broke a 31-year old meet record at the state track and
field championships when he cleared 7-1.5 to win the Division II high
jump title. The old mark of 7-0 was set by Bellbrook’s Kevin Bryant in
1977.


COLUMBUS – Napoleon’s Ryan Fleck can now officially forget last year. Those who watched Fleck perform Saturday, though, will have a hard time forgetting him.

Fleck broke a 31-year old meet record at the state track and field championships when he cleared 7-1.5 to win the Division II high jump title. The old mark of 7-0 was set by Bellbrook’s Kevin Bryant in 1977.

The leap also established a new D-II state record, breaking the mark of 7-0.25 last tied by Jaye Biley of Columbus Wehrle in 1982.

Fleck, who won the state title as a sophomore, placed seventh last year after a disasterous day that saw him go out after 6-0.

“It was definitely a stressful week,” Fleck said. “You don’t like to use excuses, but yeah, I didn’t do very well at the state meet last year. You try to erase it from your mind but it’s always there in some capacity.”

Not any more.

Fleck had three attempts at 7-2.5 and narrowly missed on the last one.

Nursing an ankle injury earlier this season, Fleck said he finally felt 100-percent at the Greater Buckeye Conference meet on May 15 where he broke his own conference record (6-8.5).

Next year Fleck will jump at Auburn University after also weighing offers from LSU, Louisville, UCLA, Ohio State and USC.

“I’m pretty satisfied with the state record,” Fleck said. “I’m pretty jacked.”

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