SHIPPENSBURG — Brant Long didn’t even try to hide his feelings about winning a state championship in the pole vault Saturday. He was as open as a Sheetz at 3 a.m. with his feelings.

“Everything that happened was kind of a big, big shock,” the Milton junior said.

He wasn’t the favorite coming into the event, but he was by no means a longshot either. Long was one of five vaulters seeded at 14 feet or better. And he was one of seven vaulters who cleared at least 14 feet Saturday.

But in the end, Long was the only vaulter who went even higher than 14 feet. He established a school record and PR by clearing 14-9 and winning the Class AA pole vault state championship.

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