The state track meet usually brings out the best out of athletes.

Just ask Levi Hesman.

The Grand Island Senior High senior pole vaulter had gone 13-8 during the course of the season.

Hesman went a foot better than that. He finished with a personal-best 14-8 to finish second in Class A Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium.

“With it being my last meet, I just let my emotions go,” Hesman said. “I think that got me jumping as well as I did today.”

He was one of three Grand Island vaulters to medal. Kyle Sextro finished fourth at 14-0, while Carson Cahoy took sixth at 14-0. That has the Islanders sitting in fourth with 22 points. Lincoln Southwest leads the way with 30 points.

GISH coach Montie Fyfe said Hesman just had a great day.

“He really came here to compete today,” Fyfe said. “His personality is definitely a free-spirited kid and it showed today. He was ready to go and wasn’t nervous at all. He wanted to have a fun day and he finished the way he needed to. We knew he had it in him, it was just could he put it together.”

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