The track was resurfaced at Downers Grove South in June of last year. One of the improvements that were made in the layout of the track was moving the Pole Vault runway to the north end of the track. Saturday’s field in the event at the Bud Mohns Invitational broke in the runway and pit with style.
Nick Sgarbossa of York has been one of the elite vaulters in the state in this 2012 season. The field that was assembled on Saturday was comparable to a mini state meet according to a couple of the coaches circling the runway.
Joining Sgarbosa was his teammate Shawn John, the Lake Park duo of Derek Smith and Tim Ehrhardt, Luke Winder of Plainfield Central, Justin Kane of Morton, and Adrian Rosette of Downers Grove South.
5 vaulters remained amazingly enough at 14-6 and were clearing the height fairly easily. John cleared on his first attempt with Ehrhardt, Winder, and Sgarbosa clearing on their second attempt. The bar was raised to 15-0.
Winder and John cleared 15-0 on their second attempt. For the sophomore Winder, it was a new personal record. On his third attempt, Sgarbosa cleared on his third attempt. Ehrhardt bowed out at this height. On the bar went up another 6”.
The weather was starting to make a small effect with drizzle starting to fall. On his first attempt, Sgarbosa cleared 15-6 for a new PR and a new school record. John and Winder were not so lucky bowing out at this height. But both knew that they had great performances.
Sgarbosa had the bar moved to 15-9. On his first attempt, he just nipped the bar still a good attempt none the less. On his second attempt, he put it all together and cleared. Another new PR and the best vault so far this outdoor season in Illinois.
“This was the biggest pole that I have ever used by 10 pounds. I wasn’t that comfortable with the pole. By the end of the meet I felt confident with it,” said Sgarbosa. “This was like a mini state meet. It was good to have the competition.”
By Mike Newman