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.

On July 20, Kochert co-directed the “Over the Top Tour,” a four-city street vault event that challenges pole vaulters of all ages to compete against one another. Kochert conducted the Mike Hanna Street Vault at The Museum in Terry Haute. Similar events were held in Kokomo, Frankfort and Indianapolis, which promoted the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

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