June 7, 2011
Olentangy Liberty’s Joey Uhle didn’t punctuate his senior season with the storybook ending he was looking for, but that doesn’t mean he’ll forget it any time soon.
Uhle capped the spring with a second-place finish at Saturday’s Division I OHSAA Track and Field Championships, clearing 16-6 in the pole vault.
The effort was the best of any Delaware County athlete in action, good enough to earn Byers Toyota Athlete of the Month honors. It was also his second straight runner-up finish at the state showcase.
Uhle was superb over the course of the last several weeks, winning a district crown by clearing 17-0 — a height he shares with Gahanna’s Jacob Blankenship as the best a high school athlete in Ohio has ever eclipsed.
Uhle, along with his brother Chris, who finished third at Saturday’s meet, have been as good as it gets at what they do, something Liberty coach Ryan Snivley will certainly miss watching.
“It’s been an awesome ride,” he said. “They’re all over our record books. We wouldn’t be here without them … they’ve put in a ton of time and deserve all the success they’ve received. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do without them.”
From here, the brothers plan to compete in the Midwest Meet of Champions later this month, tackle Nationals later in the summer and continue their pole vaulting careers in college. Chris is headed to Virginia Tech while Joey will take his talents to the Air Force Academy.