Aldrine Domalanta is not your typical collegiate athlete by any means. The freshman pole-vaulter from The College of Saint Rose is currently training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Domalanta has worked hard to get to where he is now. He was first introduced to the sport of pole-vaulting as an eighth grader when he attended Susan E. Wagner in Staten Island. He was attracted to the sport right from the start and was very eager to get better at it.“I knew it was a very rigorous and athletic sport, but I thought flinging myself over an obstacle was really appealing.”He picked up the sport fast and, as it turned out, he was a natural right from the start.
When he won his first medal, Domalanta said that he wasn’t happy with it and that he knew that he could do better.As a freshman and sophomore, the Staten Island pole-vaulter set a school record for winning the Public Schools Athletic League indoor and outdoor meet, winning all four titles. He also broke his school record, smashing it by six-inches with a height of thirteen feet and six inches.
By the end of his senior year, he had reached a personal record of fourteen feet and two inches.
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