Kyle goes over the top
No matter what height the bar was set at, Douglas High pole vaulter Logan Kyle tried to keep his focus on another specific number Saturday during the Big George Invitational. That is, he wanted to make sure and go 100 percent all the way through every attempt.
Kyle’s focus was especially evident when he cleared a personal record 14-feet, 6-inches to cap off his gold medal performance in the boys pole vault. After one miss at the height, he came back strong and seemed to find a second effort that propelled him up and over the bar.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Kyle said about the jump. “My coach, Dennis Gingrich, has been preaching that when you get inverted, you’ve got to give 100 percent on top of the pole and pull all the way over.”
His 14-6 now stands No. 1 among 4A high school boys statewide. The performance came under ideal conditions — sunny, warm and no wind — during a competition in which six vaulters were still jumping at 13-6. McQueen’s Parker Nelson and Bishop Manogue’s Max Crow tied for second-place at 13-6.
Kyle was able to celebrate personal record jumps on two occasions. First, he cleared 14-0 to equal his previous best and clinch first-place. Then, in his first attempt at 14-3, Kyle soared over the bar — with several inches to spare — on a picture-perfect jump. And then Kyle added icing to his cake at 14-6.
Kyle nearly had a third personal record on his first attempt at 14-9. He clipped the bar on the way down, but was in the pit before it finally fell.
“He wasn’t quite square on his takeoff,” Gingrich said of the attempt. “I keep telling him he can make 15 (feet). He’s right there.”
Kyle was also encouraged by his near miss at 14-9.
“To have a good jump like that, even if it is a miss, you know that by fixing a thing or two you know you are capable of making it,” Kyle said. “That’s when you know all the hard work is paying off.”