Oddly enough, Valley Vista senior Tim Ellis can win the school’s first state pole vault title — and win it quite comfortably — without coming close to breaking the school record.

Such is the lot of the next great Monsoon vaulter following in the wake of Cole Riddle. Two years ago, Riddle set a new state record and broke it again his final month at Valley Vista — jumping 17-7 in his final high school meet.

However the current ASU pole vaulter competed on an extremely windy day for the 2017 state meet and cleared only 15 feet. Ellis is hoping for calmer skies when he competes at state May 1 at Mesa Community College.

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