BNL’s Patterson wins regional title in high jump

BNL’s Braydon Patterson won the regional title in the high jump.

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Braydon Patterson won the IHSAA regional title in the high jump during boys high school track action on Thursday night at Bloomington North.

Patterson, the top seed in the event, cleared 6-4 to claim the individual crown and advance to the state finals. The top three in each event qualified for the state meet on June 2 at Indiana University.

“That’s pretty exciting,” BNL coach Brett Deckard said. “He has jumped well all year, he’s been very consistent. As a sophomore, just getting him there is exciting. He’s keeping the tradition alive of getting BNL kids to the state meet.”

BNL finished 18th in the team competition with 11 points. Bloomington North won the championship with 120.

Zane Thompson, BNL’s top seed in the 300-meter low hurdles, couldn’t recover from a recent foot injury, ran in sneakers rather than track spikes, and finished 11th in 43.15. He was also 17th in the 200 in 25.10.

The other BNL athletes who competed in the regional included Hiram Mullis (13th in the 110 high hurdles in 16.55), Maddex McFarland (15th in the long jump at 18-4 1/2), Carter Kimmel (8th in the discus at 149-5) and Frank Decker (no height in the pole vault).