Before Brandon Hanoch was even old enough to realize where pole vaulting would fit into his life, the Tulsa born athlete was hanging around pits and runways with grandfather, John, and his father, Jeff.

Many decades earlier, John had cleared 13 feet at Tulsa Rogers High School in Oklahoma, back when pits were filled with sand or sawdust. Decades later, Jeff followed in his father’s footsteps and cleared 16-1.25 at Tulsa Claremore, claiming a school record that still stands today.

Then Brandon’s old brother, Austin, followed both the men in his family, hitting 14-7 at Broken Arrow High School just a few years earlier. In total, six members of Brandon’s immediate and extended family vaulted before he came of age in the sport.

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