SPEARFISH, S.D. – It didn’t take Skylar Hoopes long to get his name in the Chadron State College record book.
Hoopes cleared 15 feet, 5 inches in the pole vault on Saturday while making his college debut with the Eagles at the Yellow Jacket Holiday Classic hosted by Black Hills State University. The old CSC record of 15-3 was set by James Hobson in 2001.
Hoopes is a 23-year-old redshirt freshman who graduated from Niobrara County High School at Lusk, Wyo., in 2008. He enrolled at Chadron State in the fall of 2011 after spending two years on a Mormon Church mission. He practiced with the Eagles last year but did not compete while chipping away the rust from being away from athletics.
The men’s pole vault was one of 15 events that the Eagles won during the meet.
A Chadron State athlete also won the women’s pole vault when senior Kaelie Jelden exceeded her previous career best by two inches by clearing 11-5 ¾.
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