SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Reaching the end of the pole vault runway, Gabe Rittereiser planted his pole, launched off his left leg — then he felt a pop. And pain.
And just like that, Rittereiser’s pole-vaulting season may have been cut short by a pulled hamstring at the Schuylerville Classic on May 17.
“It’ll probably be the end of my season, I’m not really sure,” said Rittereiser, a junior at South Glens Falls. “I knew right away — it was a popping feeling. It was weird.”
Rittereiser had already won the pole vault at the Schuylerville meet, and he was taking a shot at 13 feet, 6 inches — his personal best, both indoors and outdoors — with an eye toward the state qualifying standard of 14-3. Now he may have to wait until next indoor season to vault again.