A pair of Eagles claim Class A track titles

LEWISTON — Travis Snyder said it wasn’t supposed to happen.

His commanding takedown of the 11-year-old pole vault state record looked anything but unexpected, however.

On his way to winning three individual events at the Class A track and field state championships Saturday at Lewiston High, Snyder broke the previous Class A record of 16 feet held by David Slovenski of Brunswick by clearing 16-01 on his first attempt. He then continued to soar with strength and skill as he cleared 16-05.25 on his first attempt, and then 16-09.25 — again on his first attempt — eclipsing Slovenski’s all-time Maine best of 16-09 set at the 2008 New England championships.

“The whole season wasn’t good. That was not supposed to happen,” Snyder said. “But I trusted my coaches that this could happen. The pole vault was the given. I was focused on every other event to help the team.”

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