SEATTLE — One of last times that Yours Truly saw University of Washington pole vaulter Chase Smith — other than at a Street Vault in Helena a couple years ago — he had established the MHSA all-class record of 16 feet, 4 inches at the 2015 State AA Track & Field Meet in Kalispell.

In a trip out to Seattle last weekend, I learned Smith is still soaring high. The UW senior captured the prestigious Husky Indoor Classic with a leap of 17-6½, before narrowly missing at 18½.

I attended the Husky Indoor Classic with dentists/photographers doctors John Smith and Joel Maes, and on our drive from the hotel to the Dempsey Indoor Center, Joel yelled, “Hey, there’s Chase!”

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