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Perry freshman Javin Richards secures Division II Austintown-Fitch Regional pole vault title

YOUNGSTOWN — Javin Richards may be a young man of few words, but his beyond-his-years pole vault prowess does all the talking necessary.

May 23 during Day 1 of the Division II Austintown-Fitch Regional, the Perry freshman’s place on the podium spoke volumes.

Richards won his regional debut at Fitch, clearing 14 feet after a 13-9 to win the Division II Perry District at his home facility.

“I’m speechless right now,” Richards said. “I’m still in shock from it.”

He will have company on the road to Columbus, with Tyler Silvis booking a return pole vault engagement at state by taking third with a personal-best 13-4.

Perry’s perennial depth in pole vault never ceases to impress.

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