PEARL RIVER – Gilby Hawkins, the coach of the Pearl River boys track and field team, was speaking to his pole vaulters one day.
Conor Burke, pole in hand, was at the start of the runway. Hawkins was near the vault area. He was telling his kids to watch the speedy “Conor run.”
Hearing those last two words, Burke took off sprinting.
A couple of seconds later, he crashed into Hawkins, sending him sprawling.