Andrew Saloga’s dad probably knows every possible route from Sugar Grove to Bloomington, and every mile marker on Route 47.

And it’s all worth it.

Twice a week during the winter, Wednesdays and Sundays, Saloga, who just finished his junior year at Marmion, jumped in the car for the two-hour drive south. His dad drove, and Saloga and his little sister, Libby, would jump for two hours with the Flying Dragons Pole Vault Club.

Inspired by the 18-foot vault by Bloomington’s Zachery Bradford, Saloga started going to the Flying Dragons a little more than a year ago.

“They have a warehouse that they lease, they have two full pole vault pits – it’s an awesome setup,” said Saloga, a Sugar Grove resident. “The Flying Dragons have the best coaching in the area, two jumpers in the top 10 in the NCAA, it’s a good legacy. It’s a lot of fun.”

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