Emmett freshman Landon Helms continued collecting gold medals last week, this time at the national level. Helms won both the 110 meter hurdles and the pole vault in the freshman division at the New Balance National Outdoors track and field in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Using the same formula that won him Idaho High School championships in those events in May, Helms outdistanced his competition in both events last Thursday.
Helms put up a personal record performance in the preliminary heat of the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.30 to advance to the finals. He then topped that with a time of 14.18 to win by three strides in the finals. Either time would have established a new Emmett High school record had it been in a high school sponsored competition. Chase Armstrong will hold on to that at least for a little while at 14.35, set in 2015.
Helm’s 15’5” winning pole vault height at the NBNO was an inch shy of his 4A Idaho State record effort in May but won the event handily as second place cleared 13’7.75“ which was the height Helms elected to enter the competition at. He cleared that on his first attempt, passed at the next height and then clinched the title at 14’7.5 before continuing solo to finish at the 15’5” marker.