Kyshin Isringhausen chased a state championship in wrestling all four years.
The Branson standout came up short in that quest on the mat but in track and field, the future Drury University wrestler ended up on top of the podium last month.
Isringhausen won the MSHSAA Class 5 pole vault championship with a jump of 4.48 meters — 14 feet, 8 1/4 inches — to become the sixth boys’ individual state champion from Branson.
He is the second to do so in the pole vault.
“I mean, it’s it’s definitely pretty huge,” he said. “It feels really good. I’ve been to state between two sports seven times. And for years now I’ve been looking for a state title and I just came up short every year and it feels good to finally get one.”
It was down to a two-man competition with Benjamin Sharp of Belton and Isringhausen. Both cleared 4.34 meters. Both missed the first jump at 14-8 1/4 but Isringhausen made it on his second attempt and Sharp.
Isringhausen went first and when Sharp missed he knew he won.
“It feels pretty good,” Isringhausen said. “I’d say it was just it felt like I fulfilled my goal for high school….