Jewel Sumner junior Devin King has blossomed into one of the top pole vaulters, not only in the state, but the nation as well. Two months ago, in the Allstate Sugarbowl Classic, King set a national mark of 17-03 which stood for a week, until someone on the east coast cleared 18 feet.

Having already won the 2013 Class 3A title, King came within the tiniest of margins of a composite state meet record of 17-02.5. Twice, he appeared to clear it, only to have the bar slip off a mere second after he came down on the mat. King’s ultimate goal is much higher.

“I still want to hit 18 feet,” King said. “I was pretty happy with what I did to win the title, but I really want to hit 18 feet pretty bad. I’m training hard and will eventually do it.”

The next opportunity for King to perform on a big stage will be the national meet in North Carolina the first weekend of June.

King squared off in the Allstate Sugarbowl Classic against Dylan Duvio of John Curtis. So far this season, both have cleared 17 feet or better, a combined total of four times.


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