AS A JUNIOR: Finished the season with an 11th place finish at the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships with a vault of 4.50m...Vaulted a height of 4.40m at the Indiana Relays for 7th place...Finished 4th at the Notre Dame Invitational with a vault of 4.35m...Opened the season with a vault of 4.20m at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed in 11 meets for the Irish in the pole vault...cleared the 4.5 m mark at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships...set his personal best in an Irish uniform by clearing the 4.75 m bar at the Eastern Michigan Invitational...vaulted past the 4.6 m mark at the 2008 Spartan Invitational...matched the 4.6 m mark at the Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational...was able to vault past the 4.35 m bar at the 2008 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships...set his mark at 4.4 m at the Meyo Invitational...cleared 4.45 m while competing at the Indiana Relays...got over the bar set at 4.5 m while competing at the Notre Dame Invitational...cleared 4.65 m at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener...vaulted over the 4.35 m mark at both the Blue and Gold Invitational and the Notre Dame Blue & Gold Meet.

AS A FRESHMAN: Vaulted in 10 events for the Irish...set his mark at 4.6 m bar at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational...cleared 4.3 m at the Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational...the Alex Wilson Invitational saw him clear the mark of 4.48 m...vaulted over the 4.65 m bar (season best) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships...at the Meyo Invitational vaulted past the 4.55 m setting...cleared the 4.5 m mark at the Notre Dame Invitational...posted a vault mark of 4.35 m at the Notre Dame Opener...at the Purdue Invitational vaulted over the bar set at 4.45 m...cleared the 4.05 m mark while competing at the Notre dame Blue and Gold Meet.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Three-sport athlete for Cathedral High School (track, cross country and soccer)...a three-time letter winner for Cathedral, earning the honor in his junior and senior seasons in track and his senior year in cross country...was elected as team captain of the track team in his senior year, while also earning all-conference, all-city and all-state honors along the way...current school record holder in the vault (14'6"), breaking the school's previous record which stood for 36 years...member of the National Honor Society...son of Gregory and Marianne Merchun...has one brother, Christopher.


Pole Vault 4.65m


Pole Vault 4.75m

Jim Merchun
Jim  Merchun


Carmel, IN

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