STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Eric Casey runs, plants his pole then swings his legs forward before powering himself upward and twisting to his left.

The Steamboat Springs High School senior’s precision puts him at a noticeably higher caliber than his competitors during the warm ups. Without the bar to measure, no one knows how high he flies.

Three warm up run-throughs and Casey takes his spot on the bench to watch the event play out. West Grand High School’s Hugh Wheatley was the last competitor before Casey’s entry, vaulting a height of 11 feet, 4 inches.

Casey’s first vault was at 13 feet, 4 inches.

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