Every once in a while, E.J. Bulauitan wonders just how much better a pole vaulter he’d be if he hadn’t waited until his junior year to try racing down a runway carrying a long, fiberglass pole, jam it into a metal receptacle and propel himself heavenward − on purpose.
“I wish I could have started even back in middle school,” Bulauitan said. “In the pole vault, experience is a big thing. You have to get used to it, the form, the repetition. I regret not trying it my freshman year.”