Francom qualifies for national meet in pole vault

ABERDEEN — Competing against some of the best pole vaulters in the Upper Midwest, Reagan Francom of Huron elevated his game on Saturday during the USATF Region 8 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Aberdeen.

The meet featured athletes from Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Francom turned in a vault of 14 feet, 11 inches to secure the second spot in the field, which included four state champions.

“There was some pretty tough competition there,” said Dan Thelen, who is the pole vault coach for the Huron track team.

Francom’s effort Saturday established a new personal-best mark for him, surpassing the 14-9 height he used to win a state title in 2012 and to set a new Huron High School pole vault record.

The state pole vault champion from Minnesota went 15-5 to win Saturday’s competition.

“Reagan attempted 15-5 and nearly made it,” Thelen said.

Francom will now advance to the national meet, which is scheduled July 22-28 in Greensboro, N.C.

The Region 8 Meet will continue today, with Huron vaulters Cassidy Moon, Reagan Rozell and Kamelia Schneider slated to compete in the girls’ division.


Francom photo
Francom photo

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