“Rodeman’s top mark in the long jump this season of 22 feet,
71/2 inches ranks second among Class 4A competitors.”
Photo credit: Tony Overman, McClatchy Newspapers
By Grant Clark, Tacoma News Tribune:
“A second call was made over the public-address system at the 51st annual Bob Shaner Track and Field Invitational at Tumwater High School on May 8, requesting the top finishers in the boys 110-meter hurdles make their way to the podium to receive their medals.
Casually, the athletes begin to filter in, and after a few minutes the top eight participants are announced in reverse order before being handed their hardware.
Yelm’s James Rodeman, the winner of the event, is nowhere to found.
“Yeah, he’s over doing pole vault,” divulged Rodeman’s sophomore teammate Kaleb Lunderville, who finished fourth in the 110 hurdles.
Rodeman is difficult to catch on the track but, as it turns out, it’s equally complicated to reel him in between events.
The talented senior who an hour later would be a no-show at the medal presentation for the pole vault, too — an event he also won — is about as busy as you’ll find during a meet, racing back and forth from event to event.
It’s a finely-tuned — albeit hectic — schedule, but that’s the life of a decathlete.”
Click here for the story also published in sister newspaper The Olympian.