Former Tri-County Hall of Fame track coach Dick Kochert is closing in on 71 years, but age hasn’t slowed down his ascent as a master pole vaulter.
Kochert won a pole vault title at the annual Outdoor National Masters Track & Field Championships in Ames, Iowa, on July 13. His vault of 9 feet, 3 inches won the 71-74 age division.
A multi-divisional masters champion over the past several decades, Kochert said he was an average pole vaulter in high school. He didn’t return to the event until he was well into his 30s and he’s competed in several state and national masters events ever since.