The words Kyle Buchanan will speak later this afternoon upon entering the Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex are the same four he voiced during Center Grove High School’s commencement exercises a week ago tonight:
“Wish you were here.”
While Buchanan literally attempts to raise the bar against other elite pole-vaulters at the 110th annual IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals, his father, Chris, 51, will be virtually motionless in a bed at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Chris Buchanan, a 1980 graduate of Franklin Community High School, has been in a coma since May 8 after sustaining severe head injuries. Family members suspect the two fractures to the left side of Chris’ skull were caused by a fall inside the garage of the family’s residence.