OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A 15-year-old freshman pole vaulter from Kansas is getting a kick out of his celebrity status thanks to his stunning 360-degree spin at a meet.
Connor Bell, one of seven pole vaulters from Shawnee Mission North, said he’s vaulted as high as 10-feet, 6-inches. Last Wednesday’s vault of 9 feet at the Sunflower League Junior Varsity Regionals in Olathe wasn’t his best. A wrong step caused him to plateau on the pole.
But quick thinking and muscle strength allowed him to make a crazy 360 spin. Video clips from Bell’s family show him spinning completely around while hanging onto that pole in midair.
“I was thinking, ‘I’m high up. I need to get down,'” Bell laughed. “I was just kind of stuck there. I held on and spun myself around. I realized I was at the top, and I jumped off and threw it back.”