Raising the Bar: Local pole vaulting couple Bubba Sparks and Melanie Hays prove age is just a number

Newlyweds Bubba Sparks and Melanie Hays decided to do something special for their honeymoon.

The two former college sweethearts reconnected on Facebook five years ago, and tied the knot just weeks before hopping on a plane to Auckland, New Zealand to compete alongside one another at the 2017 World Masters Games in April. It turned out to be a trip of a lifetime.

Sparks is a 63-year-old former collegiate pole vaulting champion, and he won the gold medal in his age division at the event. Despite being a relative newcomer to vaulting, Hays, 59, finished second. Both came home with shiny new medals to match their new wedding bands.

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