St. Thomas’ Ryan wins tough pole vault competition at city championships

FORT LAUDERDALE – The last event to finish in the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Track and Field City Championships on Wednesday at Carter Park also happened to be one of the most competitive and exciting of the meet.

The boys pole vault finally ended with St. Thomas Aquinas senior Matthew Ryan winning at a height of 14 feet. It matched his personal record, which he set just a week earlier in his last meet.

“It was really competitive,” Ryan said, adding that he liked competing in the last event to be decided because “everyone’s gathered around and watching. The pressure helps me jump higher.”

Calvary Christian’s Asher Shashaty (13 feet, 6 inches) finished second, followed by Cardinal Gibbons’ Austin Blazs (13 feet, 6 inches), St. Thomas’ Matthew Ballard (13 feet, 6 inches) and Pine Crest’s Matt Hernandez (13 feet).

“This is the most competition I’ve had in any of my competitions this year,” Ryan said. “Fort Lauderdale definitely has the best pole vaulters. This is the nicest meet I’ve been to, and the most fun.”


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