Iain McCormick was just having fun, but his father didn’t see things in the same light.
As a 9-year-old, the Grandview Heights High School junior would play around with pipes that were stored in the garage for Sean McCormick’s job, running and sticking them in the ground to see how high he could go in the air.
That was the infancy of what would become McCormick’s passion. Earlier this month, he set the boys track and field team’s pole-vault record with an effort of 14 feet, 6 inches, breaking the mark of 13-2 set in 1962.
“When I was really little, I would go into our garage and my dad had a whole bunch of copper pipe in there because he would work on houses,” McCormick said. “I would take one of those big copper or lead pieces of pipe and I would run (through) the backyard and shove it into the ground to see how high I could get. My dad hated it, because I would put big holes in the yard and fill (the end of) his pipes up with dirt.”