Most athletes get drawn to the speed events in high school track and field.

Very few ask their folks if they can get a pole vault for Christmas, but Kendel Rogers of the VSS Panthers has a blast in the rather unique sport where one uses a long, flexible pole made of either fibreglass or carbon fibre as an aid to jump over a bar.

Pole jumping competitions were known to the ancient Greeks, Cretans and Celts and have been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and 2000 for women.

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