Anchor Bay senior Al Biland was cut from the baseball team his freshman year. He considered it his favorite and best sport but was forced to go a different direction.

Biland chose track and field, and he ended up being pretty darn good at it.

“Their loss was our gain,” said Anchor Bay boys track coach Jeff Payne. “He works very hard and is consistent. He really rolls with the punches, and that’s important.”

But Biland is more than just a pole vaulter for the Tars, as he partakes in varsity football, soccer and wrestling. If that’s not enough, he’s also set to attend Georgia Tech as a member of its ROTC program next fall – attesting to his physical and mental discipline.

Biland went from jumping 8 feet 6 inches as a freshman to recently setting a personal record of 13 feet 6 inches as a senior. With two meets remaining in his high school career, his main goals are to place at states and break 14 feet.

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