Kentucky 2003 indoor

Mason Dixon Games

Feb 22, 2003 at the Fairgrounds, Louisville KY

Chip Heuser, Bobby Curtis, Maddie Schueler, Andy Fryman St. St. Xavier Louisville sr Chip Heuser 17-0 becomes second 17 foot pole vaulter of the season. Teammate Bobby Curtis unwinds from USA Cross Country championships with 8:38.0 3000 meters US#3. Sacred Heart jr Maddie Schueler's first race since Foot Locker nationals is a 4:50.88 win at 1500 meters. Mason County sr Andy Fryman pulls double duty, winning shot put here at 59-0.75 after throwing 60-2.5 US#8 at the U-Kentucky Invitational earlier in the day.

Chip Heuser, Bobby Curtis, Maddie Schueler

by Charlie Zimmerman

Chip Heuser of Louisville Saint X cleared 17’ in Saturday night’s Mason Dixon Games in Louisville, Kentucky, his teammate Bobby Curtis cruised to an easy 8:38 in the 3000 and Maddie Schueler of Sacred Heart Academy surprised even herself with a 4:50.88 for the 1500 meters in the 43rd renewal of this annual February classic. The meet also featured an incredible performance by Mason County senior Andy Fryman who threw the shot 59’ after posting a throw of 60’ 2” in the morning at the University of Kentucky HS Invitational 100 miles down the road in Lexington.

Using the same straightaway on which Billy Olson and Earl Bell hooked up in a storied duel which produced what was at that time a world indoor record, Heuser not only smashed his former PR (16’ 2 ¾”) but also put himself in great position to defend his title at the Nike Indoor in two weeks. Heuser did not start jumping until the bar reached 15’ 6”. He sailed over that height on his first attempt and in so doing broke his own record of 15’ 2” which he set last year. Heuser cleared 16’ in his first attempt at that height, took two attempts to clear 16’ 6’, and then cleared 17’ on his very next vault.

Schueler, a junior whose last race was at the Footlocker nationals in San Diego, was running the 1500 for only the second time and did not know what to expect because she had taken some time off from training after San Diego and is only now working up to speed. However, she easily broke the previous record in spite of the fact that she ran unchallenged for almost the second half of the race. After the race Schueler said that she was surprised by her performance but encouraged by it because her most recent goal is to go under 5:00 for the mile; a 4:50 indoors for 1500 meters brings that goal within reach.

Curtis, just one week after his 16th place finish in the National Cross-Country Championships in Houston, easily lapped the field in cruising to an 8:38 in the 3000. As usual, Curtis ran without competition for almost all of the race.

Fryman’s throw of 59” was outstanding in its own right. But the fact that he threw over 59’ in two meets on the same day over 100 miles apart demonstrates that he is a genuine competitor. Fryman’s throw of 60’ 2” in the morning at the UK HS Invitational was just one inch off his 60’ 3” of several weeks ago at the same UK site. He then jumped in a car and drove to Louisville for the noon start of his event.

In addition to the record-breaking efforts by these four individuals, the South Oldham boys 4x800 relay team and the Dupont Manual girls 4x800 team easily outdistanced their competition, setting themselves up as the teams to beat this spring. Manual’s foursome of Melissa Massey, Jessica Hamm, Jessica Droste, and Emily Pellegrini won in a time of 10:19. Kal Clark, Ondreij Puskar, Matt Weingart, and Brian Dugan took South Oldham’s baton around the boards in 8:36:41.

The Mason Dixon Games is run on a 200-yard banked track in the arena located at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville. The track has been the site of 42 world indoor records, featuring marks by legends such as Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schul, Bob Hayes, Mirus Yifter, Ralph Boston and a string of two-mile relay marks by Jumbo Elliot’s Villanova teams.

Complete results are available at

Additional records:

Melissa Massey of duPont Manual broke the AAA 3000 meter record in 10:28.45,
Andrea Sabbatine of Scott County the pole vault with a vault of 10' 2". In
AA Paducah Tilghman's Kim Bell set the shot put record with a put of 36-7 and
Leah Eleazer of Mercer County raised her vault record to 8-5.75. In Class A
Sarah Cole of Somerset doubled in the 1500 (4:55.22) and 3000 (10:37.13) both
in record time and chase Frankfort's Jackie Gordon to a state record at 800
in 2:24.70 with Cole finishing right behind in 2:26.90 (also under the 12
year old record of Providence's Lasenna Powell).

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