Eleva, WI (WQOW) — Sports are often described as a family affair, but for a father-son duo at Eleva-Strum High School, that saying has never been more true.
Jedediah Lorenz, a Junior at Eleva-Strum won the Bangor Sectional Pole Vault last week, qualifying for the State Meet, and breaking a 32-year old school record in the process with a vault of 13 feet, 9 inches. Turns out that the record belonged to the man currently coaching him, his father Terry. Terry Lorenz was an accomplished vaulter with Eleva-Strum and UW-Stout, formerly owning the school record of 13 feet, 8 inches. A passing of the torch from one generation to the next created a special moment, one that both father and son certainly cherish.
“Well I think it feels pretty special,” Pole Vaulting coach Terry Lorenz said, “Jed’s a hard working young man, and it’s been fun to work with him. I treat Jed like I treat the rest of the kids that Pole Vault, but I think this year he’s really kind of peaked at just the right time, and as far as the record goes, It’s been almost 35 years, so it’s about time.”
“I’m really excited about that, I’ve been working for that ever since I was a little kid,” Jedediah Lorenz explained, “Its a dream come true for sure. I mean, my dad is my biggest role model, he’s been my mentor ever since I was a little kid, and Pole Vaulting is something that we really share. He’s very patient with me, I get upset alot and pole vault is a big mental game. He can always get you back down on the ground, where you can kinda settle, and he always knows what to say.”
Jedediah will compete at the State Track and Field Tournament for the first time in his career this weekend, where he is the second seed in the Pole Vault. Lorenz also qualified in the Long Jump and 4×200 relay.