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Dexter’s track and field teams are year in and year out a state power in the pole vault and 2019 was not different as Nicole Bow came home with the girls’ state title and three other Dreadnaughts earned All-State Honors.

The Dreadnaughts have had an All-State pole vaulter every year since 2010.

Bow is the fourth vaulter to win the state title for the Dreadnaughts. Noah Gary won in 2014, Andrew Herring in 2011, and Becca Pilkerton in 2008. A lot of the credit has to go to the vaulting coaches Geoff and Janell
Gerstner who push the Dreadnaughts to the top of the pole vault leaderboards year in and year out.


This is the fourth straight year that Bow earned All-State Honors in the event. She was 8th as a freshman, 7th as a sophomore, and 6th as a junior, before she finally vaulted her way to the top this season.

Bow won the event with a vault of 11’09, beating out the vaulter from Davison by .06. She is also the school record holder in the event with a vault of 12’2.5”.

Freshman Sophia Mettes set a new personal record with a vault of 10’09” and finished 6th to earn her All-State Honors.

Not to be outdone, the boys had two vaulters earn All-State honors.

Henry Sheldon finished 2nd and Oliver Bishop 3rd to give both the honors. Both finished with vaults of 15 feet, with Sheldon clearing the height in less attempts.

Dexter had three other vaulters at the Finals. Sophomore Noah Schultz was 14th and freshman Cole Sheldon 25th for the boys, while sophomore Josie Mettes had a rough time and did not clear a height for the girls.

With so many vaulters qualifying for the Finals, it appears that the All-State streak could continue for a long time for Dexter track and field.

Bow also earned a 14th place finish in the long jump at the Finals. She is the school record holder in that event as well.

Owen Huard, Nathan Larson, and Seth Read represented the distance runners in the 1600 and 3200. Huard finished 13th with a time of 4:20.97 and Read 25th in 4:25.02 in the 1600. Larson came home 22nd in 9:42.41 and Huard 24th 9:51.92 in the 3200 for the Dreads.