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top athlete in Miamisburg history says

Posted Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Mike Hout

We could argue all day about who is the greatest athlete in Miamisburg history.  One of the people who would be in the conversation would be pole vault record holder and state placer Larry Jessee.  A couple of days ago, out of the blue, came an email our way saying "hello"  and "good luck" to the Miamisburg tracksters.  It was from Larry Jessee, a 1970 graduate of the 'Burg.  He says he has been following us on our websites!

Here are some reasons why he might be considered one of the Vikings all time best.  He has held a school record for 40 years.  He is the only vaulter in school history over 15 feet.  He finished second in the state that year.  In summer meets he vaulted 9 inches higher and had the highest vault by a high schooler in the United States.  At the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) he was All-American three times.  He was on three NCAA championship teams.  After college he was the 1977 and 1978 US indoor champion.  He broke the American record at 18-8 in 1982.  He is in four halls of fame (for his high school, his college, his city and for Ohio).  And (I think this is the most amazing thing) he still holds his college school record.  I don't believe anyone else can say that who graduated from Miamisburg (although a Miamisburg coach can say that).

And it is this man who says "hello" and "good luck" to the Miamisburg tracksters!

Here is some late breaking news.  The University of Michigan just hired a new football coach by the name of Brady Hoke.  Amazingly, he is a 1977 graduate of Fairmont East high school.  He must have played football against Miamisburg sometime in his high school career.  He also must have visited our fair city on a number of occasions.  He was a defensive lineman so we did some research and found he was a state qualifying wrestler.  Our guess is that sometime along the way (because of his size and strength) he was a shot put/discus man and, again, must have competed against the Vikings sometime before he went to college.

Of course, none of this means we will ever be rooting for Michigan!!!

In other track news the big 200 foot discus thrower (and near 60 foot shot putter) from Centerville broke his left arm in a football all-star game just a couple days ago.  He throws with his right.  Before the break his plans were to stay in high school and not go early to Ohio State (for football) so he could graduate with his class and compete in track and field.


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