BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> Two Cohoes natives crossed paths in Reno, Nevada earlier this year and they had a lot more in common than just a hometown. Olympic decathlon/heptathlon coach Harry Marra and Shenendehowa diving and pole vaulting Coach Dennis Hogan have spent their lives helping athletes reach new heights.

It was more karma than fate, but the two would meet again, this time back in the Capital Region at Hogan’s Adirondack Ariel Assault Pole Vault facility in Ballston Spa where Marra spent an afternoon working with the Capital Region’s pole vaulters, sharing his thoughts and techniques, that often mirrored those of his hometown friend.

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