Nixa track and field coach Lance Brumley knows what he’s getting into with pole vaulters like Joseph Nickell.
“Pole vaulters come with a certain amount of daredevil in their lives — sometimes to their detriment,” Brumley said. “They can find themselves in a situation with a foot injury, for instance.”
That wasn’t just a hypothetical. But Nickell overcame that early-season foot injury to wrap up a solid season with an all-state performance and sign a letter of intent to vault for the Missouri University of Science and Technology.