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Carroll’s pole vaulters keep raising the bar

Pole vaulting has been a pinnacle of success for county’s athletes at the championship level in recent years.

Century had three vaulters capture outdoor state titles three seasons in a row — Chandler Kennell in 2014, Nick Neral in 2015 and Kyle Bryant in 2016. Liberty’s Zach Stump won the state title in 2017 and South Carroll’s Patrick Tunkel took second in 2018, good for Carroll’s best placement.

At last year’s 3A state meet, four Carroll athletes placed in the top five in pole vault. Westminster’s Danny Gillchrist cleared 13-6 for second, teammate Micah LoPiccolo came in third, and Manchester Valley’s Nick Jones and Westminster’s Joey Petrowicz tied for fourth at 12 feet.

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