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State-bound pole vaulters shun fear to get to Columbus

Vaulters from East Canton, Fairless, Jackson and Tuslaw will compete at the state track and field championships Friday and Saturday after strong regional performances.

Imagine a sport where your only equipment is a pole more than twice your height.

When everything goes right, you clear a bar 10-15 feet in the air and come tumbling down in heap onto a cushioned mat. When everything doesn’t go right, you might be falling onto a decidedly less comfortable surface.

If none of that sounded appealing, you’re like most people. If it sounded fun, you’re probably a pole vaulter.

Four Stark County daredevils — Fairless’ Brady Wickham, Jackson’s Austin Biss, Tuslaw’s Andrew Wenzel and East Canton’s Alexis Pennell — will compete at the state championship meet this weekend, hoping to stand on the podium in Columbus.

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