Forgive Jared Schipper if he doesn't have his brother's state meet places memorized. Or their personal best vaults. Or even engage in one-upmanship over his 2013 state title.
Being a Schipper may be about continuing a pole vaulting legacy, but when you are the sixth of eight brothers, it should be hard to stake a claim. Not so for Jared, the recent Bishop Dwenger graduate.
No, all Jared has to do is say “team” before his says “champion” and he instantly has a unique place among Schipper vaulters.
For the record Jared will mention the Summit Athletic Conference and Marion Regional team titles only when pressed about doing something his older brothers failed to do. But facts are facts and Jared, who also won the SAC long jump title, truly did lead his team to championships.
“It was pretty awesome winning the team titles,” Schipper said. “It's something that involves a lot more people and something I will always remember about my senior year. It was the first time (Bishop Dwenger) ever won.”
Something else Schipper will always remember is being named the PrepSports Boy's Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Schipper, along with leading the Saints to those team titles, placed third at the IHSAA state finals in the pole vault.
Schipper plans to study pre-engineering at Hillsdale (Mich.) College where he will continue his pole vaulting career and the family legacy.
Oh yes, there is that “legacy” word again. The Schipper brothers have combined for multiple all-state performances including four runner-up places and two state titles. Jared learned long ago to embrace the tradition instead of treating it like a burden. Because of this, he says he performed better at the state meet.
“I think going down there and watching all those years helped me prepare,” Jared said. “It was like I had been there before and so I was more comfortable. I think it took off the pressure.”
The results in Bloomington showed: as a sophomore Jared missed out on a top-9 finish by tie-breaker, won as a junior, and then placed third as a senior vaulting a then personal best 16-feet-3.
The only problem with winning as a junior, like Jared did, is the pressure to repeat. And although he vaulted well, Jared is still stung by losing. Even if the winner, Deakin Volz, broke the state meet record with a vault of 17-0.5.
“I felt like I did well, but I still didn't win,” Schipper said. “It (reminded) me that I can still work harder and that I can still improve.”
Jared Schipper - Bishop Dwenger
Bruce Stephens - Northrop
Jari Dada - Wayne
Tyvon Kelley - North Side
Shaton Harris - South Side
Zach Panning - Concordia Lutheran
Jordan Davis - Homestead
Joel Shellabarger - Blackhawk Christian
Mark Beckmann - DeKalb
Justin Tranquill - Carroll