OMAHA — Third time proved the charm for Sutherland’s Connor Floyd on Friday.

After watching a field of more than 20 pole vaulters in Class D scratch as the bar inched closer to 14 feet, the junior Sailor sailed over 14-02 and won the gold after coming away with silver a year ago.

“It feels really good,” Floyd said. “Hard work paid off, so I want to thank my teammates for pushing me to do this as hard as I can.”

Floyd bested High Plains Community’s Jarrett Parsons and BDS’ Aaron Mick by nearly a foot, but he kept at it for three more attempts by competing against the elusive 15-05 mark, which he came close to clearing in the third and final attempt.

The secret? Technique.

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