Brad Walker, Jeremy Scott and Derek Miles will represent the United States in the men’s pole vault at the upcoming London Games, and someday, wouldn’t it be nice to see a little local flavor on that list.
Spring High School’s two-time Class 5A state champion Reese Watson comes to mind as a possible candidate, and the timing may be just right in about four years for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“Yes, definitely, that’s a dream and something to work towards,” said Watson, who is enjoying a little down time this summer before heading off to college. “I really like my coach at the University of Texas, (men’s track and field associate head coach) Mario Sategna, and I’m ready to get to Austin and start working very hard towards reaching the next level.”
Walker won his fourth U.S. pole vault title clearing 18 feet, 7¼ inches at the Olympic trials on June 28 in Eugene, Ore., with Scott second at 18-9¼, and Miles coming in at 18-4½.
By L. Scott Hainline