Junior Olympic summer derailed for Helms

Emmett’s record-setting high school decathlete Landon Helms had his aim set on making the summer of 2021 a track and field season to remember. The EHS senior-to-be, already the school and 4A State record holder in the pole vault, launched into the world of the decathlon earlier this summer, placing second in a United States Track Association (USTA) regional meet in his first outing.

The ten-event, two-day discipline challenges athletes’ speed, strength, flexibility and endurance. Since he already has state championships in hurdles and pole vault and near the top of the school record standings in many of the events, it seemed a natural progression.

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