One of Nick Small’s goals this season was to break the Las Plumas school boys pole vault record, which had stood unchallenged since 1992.

On Thursday in Corning for the Division I Championships, Small cleared the bar set at 14 feet, 6 inches, to etch his name in the LP history books. Levi Hengel previously held the school record of 14-3.

As Small went toe-to-toe with Foothill’s Layton Paloutzian, both vaulters cleared 14-0. Small then asked the bar to be raised to 14-6, and he cleared the height that had previously eluded him. Paloutzian was unable to extend the competition, which gave Small first place, and a berth into the Northern Section finals, which will be held May 17 at West Valley High in Cottonwood.

In addition to Small, a total of seven LP vaulters, between fres hmen and seniors, qualified for the championships. LP head coach Don Frasier credited pole vault coach Andy Graham for his efforts in helping athletes improve in the event.

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