All those miles of practice paid off for Marmion’s Andrew Saloga

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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