Tyson Wahlgren didn’t have a complex plan entering Thursday’s 4A pole vault final at the Colorado track and field state championships.
He just had to remind himself to smile.
“I have a huge mental issue when it comes to the pole vault,” said the Palmer Ridge junior. “But I told my coach to trust me, and I turned it off today.”
Wahlgren, who entered the state championships seeded 12th in 4A, placed seventh with a vault of 14 feet, a personal best by more than a foot in his first state championship appearance.
“I was kind of worried because at first I was getting rejected on all my poles,” Wahlgren said. “But after I took my first jump, we watched video and we realized I was like three feet above my starting mark.”
His vault of 14-0 was more than three feet higher than his season best from a year ago.