Dylan Webster (CHHS ‘19) was a multi-talented athlete at Cowden-Herrick High School and even as a freshman he is cashing in at the collegiate level, claiming a SLIAC championship in the pole vault.

Webster, a multiple state qualifier in high school, signed to run track at Greenville College. Although there was no outdoor season, Webster didn’t wait for the outdoor season. He claimed his title indoors.

At the SLIAC (St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Conference Indoor Championships at Principia College at the end of February, Webster won the conference title, going 13 feet, 5 inches. He cleared 3.79 meters on his 2nd vault and then cleared 4.09 meters for the title (13 feet, 5 inches).

He also earned a 4th place finish in the long jump. He went 21 feet, 1 inche (6.43m). He had 3 good leaps out of 4 and his best on the 4th jump.

He placed 6th in the conference in the triple jump. He traveled 40 feet 7 inches (12.37m). he made all his jumps and made 12.37 on his 3rd attempt.

Webster got his feet wet in the college ranks in December at the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open. Webster took 2nd in the pole vault, clearing 4.10m (13-5 1/4 feet). He was 3rd in the long jump leaping 6.48m (21-3 feet).

He was among the leaders again at Illinois College at the end of January. He was 3rd in the long jump , going 6.38m (20-11.25). He was 4th in the triple jump, with a season-high 42 feet, 1 1/2 feet (12.84m). He was 5th in the pole vault (12-8). he cleared 3.56m and 3.71, then 3.86 on his 3rd attempt.

Principia had stiff competition, but the freshman still placed in the Top 10 in the long jump (20-08 (6.30m). He made all four jumps and tied 6.30 on his 3rd and 4th jumps.

He was also Top 10 in the pole vault, going 13-5 1/4 (4.10m). He cleared 3.65m, 3.80 and 3.95, before 4.10m on his 3rd attempt.

At Monmouth College in mid-February, Webster scored two 4th place finishes and an 8th. He was 4th in the long jump, going 20 feet, 9.75 inches (6.34m). In the pole vault, he cleared 13 feet 1.5 inches (4.00m).

At the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Championships, just prior to the SLIAC Meet, Webster had a season-best height in the pole vault. He cleared 14 feet, 2 inches for 4th place.

He was 9th in the long jump (6.43m) , 21 feet, 4 .75 inches, leaping a season-best. He had a good triple jump distance of 41 feet, 11.25 inches (12.78m), his second best of the season, placing 9th.

In high school, Webster led CHBC to the National Trail Conference title for the first time in 20 years. Webster the 100 meters dash (11.14), the 200 meter dash (23.26), the long jump (20-8) and was 2nd in the pole vault (13-6).

Webster qualified for the IHSA Class A State Meet in four events. As a sophomore, Webster qualified in the pole vault. He was 8th at the Altamont Sectional in a qualifying height of 12 feet 5 inches. He was sectional 4th in the triple jump (39-4) and also ran the 4x1 relay.

As a junior, Webster was 3rd at the Shelbyville Sectional in the pole vault (13-2). He was 4th in the long jump (20-6) and 6th in the triple jump (40-1). At State, he placed 11th in the pole vault. He went 13-3 in the prelim and 13-0 in the final.

As a senior, Webster was the Sullivan Sectional long jump champ, going 21 feet, 4.5 inches. He was 2nd in the sectional in the triple jump, going 43 feet, 1.25 inches. At State, he leapt 21 feet in the prelims and had a triple jump of 41-11.75.

His senior year, besides winning the NTC title, at the Altamont Open he led CHBC to the team win. He won the high jump, long jump, triple jump and ran on a school record 4x4 relay (3:42).

At a St. Anthony meet, he led CHBC to the win. He won the 100 meter dash (11.33), the 400m run (55.27), the long jump (20-1) Nand the pole vault (13-6).

At a Shelbyville meet, he won 4 more events. He won the long jump (19-10), the triple jump (41-5.5), the pole vault (13-6) and the 100 meter dash (11.7).

At the Illinois Top Times Indoor Meet, he was 6th in the pole vault (13-6) and 8th in the triple jump (41-1.25). At the Charleston Indoor at EIU, Webster was 2nd in the triple jump (40-6.5) and 3rd in the 200 dash (24.37). He was 7th in the pole vault (12-6).

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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