Morgan Hold broke the school record with a vault of 14 feet, 3 inches, as Nevada High School took seventh in the team results and the girls fifth in the 2013 Girard Optimist Track Meet Monday, in an effort that ultimately became the culmination of years of work.
“This has been my goal since I started pole vaulting freshman year,” Hold said.
The old NHS record was 14 feet, set by current vault coach Eric Fast at the Girard Invitational in 2000 and tied by Tyler Werner in 2008. Nevada High School head track coach Robert Watts said Tuesday that he believes it’s simply a matter of time before Hold breaks his own new record.
“We came over to do it now, but I think we’ll probably be back over next Wednesday,” Watts said with a laugh. “The rest of the team will get tired of coming over here.”
Though it was Hold’s goal to break the record, it just recently became a goal he thought was within reach.
“In the beginning, I thought, ‘Man, that’s going to be hard,'” he said. “But right around my junior year, when I cleared 13-6, I’m like, ‘Well, might as well try to get a foot higher, try to beat it.'”
Hold has nearly cleared 14-6 in practice and with his strong work ethic, his coach believes the new record isn’t likely to stand for long, now that he has started using a larger pole.
“He’s doing really well,” Watts said. “We’ve got him on a bigger pole now, so we’re expecting big things with the bigger pole.”
Hold echoed that sentiment, saying he believes he could vault as high as 15 feet this year.
“I almost cleared 14-6 yesterday and in practice, I can get over that easy,” he said. “Hopefully, next Tuesday, when we’re home, I can get closer to 15 feet. That’s my next goal.”