Bloomington High School graduate Zachery Bradford won the silver medal in the pole vault in the IAAF World U20 Championships at Tampere, Finland, on Saturday, equaling his lifetime best of 18 feet, 2½ inches.
The Kansas recruit opened with first-attempt clearances at 17-0¾, 17-4¾, 17-8¾ and 18-0½ before needing three attempts to make 18-2½. He went out at 18-4½.
Sweden’s Armand Duplantis, the world junior record holder at 19-5½, won at 19-1¼. He went out at 19-8¾. Japan’s Masaki Ejima won the bronze medal at 18-2½. Cole Riddle, the only other U.S. entrant, placed seventh at 17-4¾.
Bobcats make All-Star impact: The Bloomington Bobcats' Matt Barnes singled and scored in a three-run sixth inning and had a sacrifice fly in a three-run 10th to help the West to a 6-3 victory over the East in the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game at Whiting, Ind.
The Bobcats' Billy Mote had an RBI double in the sixth as the West tied the game at 3-3. Bloomington teammate Zach Frey got the win after pitching scoreless ninth and 10th innings, striking out four. The Bobcats' Quinn Gudaitis and Nick Watson each pitched a scoreless inning.
Illinois Wesleyan's Nick Figus of the Northwest Indiana Oilmen had a single and an RBI for the East.