Hunterdon County recap-Adamcik

Erik Adamcik of North Hunterdon was staring down the runway as he prepared for his final attempt at 14-6 in the boys pole vault at the NJSIAA Group 4 Championships at the Bennett Center last Saturday in Toms River.
The senior wasn’t just trying to stay alive in the competition, he was also seeking to clear a new personal best.
“I made sure I stood up at takeoff and hit the pole hard,’’ Adamcik said of his last try.
With his adrenalin rushing, Adamcik came through in the clutch and went over the bar to secure second place in the competition.
He was understandably excited with his new personal best.
“It felt amazing to go over the bar at 14-6, said Adamcik, whose previous best of 14-3 ¾ came last month when he won the Skyland Conference title.
Adamcik wound up second behind Peter Fagan of Westfield, who cleared a meet record tying 15-0 to finish first.
Adamcik and teammate Trevor Knowles, sixth in the pole vault with a 13-0, helped the Lions place seventh in the team standings with 15 points, and both advanced to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions this Saturday at the Bennett Center in Toms River.
The top six finishers in each event plus six wild cards per event advanced to the M of C.
Adamcik said he was motivated by the presence of Fagan.
“It motivates me a lot when there is good competition,’’ said Adamcik. “It really pushes me to do my best when I try to beat jumpers who can jump higher than me.’’
Adamcik feels 15-0 is very realistic now.
“My first two tries at 15 feet were short, but felt good, and on my third, I blew through the pole,’’ said Adamcik. “But I can feel 15 within my grasp.
Adamcik said since he began going to the Vertical Assault Club he’s noticed a difference in his vaulting.“My teammate and I, Trevor Knowles, both vault for Vertical Assault,’’ said Adamcik, who started vaulting as freshman. “I have only been with this club for a few months, but I have improved a lot since I started there. It’s good to have a teammate who’s competitive and helps me out a lot.’’
Adamcik is looking forward to the M of C.
“My goal for the Meet of Champs is to make it within the top six,’’ said Adamcik, tied for sixth in the state this season with his 14-6.. “I would like to match my PR of 14-6 and have a few attempts at 15 again.’’
This will be the first time in Meet of Champions history that the field will have four vaulters who have cleared 15-0 or better in the same indoor season. Craig Hunter of Robbinsville, the defending champion, leads the state with a 16-0.
“I think New Jersey vaulting has improved a lot since last year, and I like it because it motivates me to move up the rankings,’’ said Adamcik, who is heavily considering vaulting for Salisbury in Maryland next year.
Adamcik and Knowles are two of 19 area athletes along with two relay team that will compete at the M of C.

Hunterdon Vaulter Magazine
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