OMAHA — His first two attempts were far from pretty, but Nathan Boyle didn’t let that faze him.
Missing on his first vault and clearing 13-6 with an “ugly” attempt on his second, the Norfolk Catholic senior turned the early struggles around to win the Class C pole vault with a mark of 14-8 at the state track and field championships here Saturday.
“The doubts started to come. I’m a pretty level-headed person, so I just tried to do my best to stay calm. I knew I could get the height but had to stay calm and execute like I’d been doing all year,” Boyle said. “After I got my first make, I just kind of relaxed and let it happen.”
Boyle missed on all three attempts at 15-0, which was a height that sat in the back of his mind all year.
“It’s kind of a benchmark for really good high-school pole vaulters,” he said.
But a state championship helped soothe any pain falling short caused.
“I would’ve loved to get it, but it’s all right. This really hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m pretty happy right now,” Boyle said. “Everything I’ve put into pole vault for four years has paid off. I can’t even describe it.”
The Lutheran High Northeast 4×100 relay team earned its second Class C silver medal in three years.
Hastings St. Cecilia edged the Eagles at the line to win the Class C 4×100.
The Lutheran High foursome — which carried the fastest time in the state into the meet — claimed second in 44.18 seconds. Nate Stolze took the baton across the finish line after it had gone through Kale Kucera, Nick Stolze and Logan Bussey.
Kucera added a sixth-place finish in the 400 in 51.86.
Two other area teams — Battle Creek and Oakland-Craig — scored 4×100 medals. The Braves — who medaled at state for the fifth year in a row — were sixth in 44.41, and Oakland-Craig was eighth in 44.86.
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