Cole Boychuck had to wait for the accounting.
The Class AAA boys pole vault at Tuesday’s District 11 championships had seen Boychuck, a Parkland senior, and three other competitors all clear 13 feet, 9 inches and all miss at the next height of 14-3.
Boychuck feared the worst. Since no one cleared 14-3, the AAA state standard, there would only be two automatic qualifiers for the state meet May 27 and 28 at Shippensburg.
“I was kind of disappointed when it happened,” Boychuck said. “I was pretty upset about it. I didn’t think I had second place.”
That was true, Boychuck didn’t have second.
He had first place and a D-11 championship.
“Some people told me I’d won, but I didn’t want to believe anybody; I wanted to wait to hear it from the official,” Boychuck said. “I was in states, but I didn’t know it.”
Ties in the pole vault are broken by fewer misses at the last height cleared. Boychuck was the only one who cleared 13-9 on the first try. Thus, he was the champion.
“I can usually clear heights on the first try,” Boychuck said. “I’m pretty good at that.”
Boychuck’s 13-9 is tied for the region’s best this spring and he’s hoping to get over 14 feet – at least – at Shippensburg.
“I have pretty consistent in what I have been doing at the top end of the pole – consistently not doing well,” Boychuck said. “If I can get my top end better I know I can add at least another foot. The national qualification standard is 14-7½; that’s my goal now. I know I can do that, but everything has come together for me on that day.”
That could come next week at states.
“I have never been to outdoor states,” Boychuck said. “I have been to indoor states. I hear outside states are more fun.”
Especially if you can clear 14 feet in the pole vault.