Bryan Candrl to vault his way to Joplin

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Sean Irwin won’t be the only former Owensville Dutchmen track and field athlete to trade in orange and black for green and yellow.

Dutchmen state champion pole vaulter Bryan Candrl will be joining the Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) Lion track and field team in Joplin as a walk on.

Capping his Owensville High School track and field career with a state championship in the Class 3 Boy’s Pole Vault, Candrl also enjoyed success in other events throughout his senior season.

Helping OHS to a fifth-consecutive Four Rivers Conference (FRC) track and field crown at New Haven, Bryan placed fourth in the 100-meter dash, second in the javelin and first in the pole vault contributing 23 points to help the Dutchmen top the team standings on New Haven’s new track and field facility.

Two weeks later in the MSHSAA Class 3, District 5 Track Meet at St. James, Candrl scored points in all three events that he competed in helping Owensville hold off the host Tigers for their fourth consecutive district title on the track.

Bryan won the pole vault, took fourth in the javelin and settled for eighth place in the 100-meter dash after running the seventh-fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries to reach the finals.

Upon receiving his diploma the following Friday, Candrl and a number of other senior track teammates took a four-hour bus ride down to southwest Missouri for sectional track action at Carthage High School’s brand new facility.

Settling for second place in the pole vault behind junior teammate Jacob Luther and placing third in the javelin, Bryan qualified for state in both events and also helped his Dutchmen teammates to a sectional title holding off Reeds Spring.

At state, Candrl and Luther placing first and third respectively had them leading the Class 3 Boy’s team standings throughout day one and early on in day two.

Unfortunately, Owensville ran out of scoring athletes before settling for eighth place in the state.

There’s no doubt that Bryan’s younger sister Katie Candrl will be gunning for a state title over the next three years.