Spring Sports Preview: Liberty’s Stump prepared to vault to another championship season

Before Zach Stump emerged as the county’s top performer in pole vault, he did what is almost never recommended for someone involved in such a technical track and field event.

He ran cross country.

Stump, a senior, said he had no idea what he wanted to do sports-wise when he came to Liberty as a freshman. He tried football, wrestling, and lacrosse in middle school but the physicality of those sports scared the then 5-foot Stump. He settled on cross country and track and dabbled in a few distance events that first year.

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