Former McHenry pole vaulter Nate Richartz expecting big things in final season at Notre Dame

For a few days this week, Nate Richartz was in pole-vault heaven.

The Notre Dame graduate student was coming off a career-best indoor vault of 18 feet, 3¾ inches at the National Pole Vault Summit last weekend in Reno, Nevada. The performance was the seventh-best vault in the world this season, according to rankings by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

While there, he met former Olympians, Olympic coaches and others just like him, passionate athletes who want to continue vaulting after college.

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