Hunter Cagle talks to his dad about everything.

The topics range from his dream of attending LSU to his pole vaulting career at Forsyth Central, where he’s a school record holder at 14 feet, a mark set during his junior year. Kenneth, his father, was a pole vaulter, too: In 1969, he was a state champion in Louisiana, reaching a mark of 15-1.

Those talks aren’t face to face like they once were, though. Ever since Cagle’s dad passed away unexpectedly last October, they’ve taken place during regular visits to his grave, and during the meets themselves.

“Right before every jump, I’m talking to him,” Cagle said.

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