The Division 1 pole vault competition was expected to be very good, but spectators at Jesse Owens Stadium were in for a treat on Saturday afternoon. The boy’s pole vault was first, and sophomore Matt Peare from North Canton Hoover made sure that the crowd was not disappointed. He cleared 14 feet on his 2nd attempt, 14 feet 6 inches and 15 feet on his first attempt, 15 feet 4 on his second attempt, 15 feet 8 inches on his first attempt, 16 feet on his third attempt, 16 feet 4 inches on his second attempt which was his winning vault. His vault puts him tied for sixth on the all time State Tournament pole vault performance list.
Not to be outdone, North Royalton senior Kristen Denk put on a show in the girl’s pole vault. She cleared on her first attempt at 12 feet, 12 feet 4 inches, 12 feet 8 inches and 13 feet. She then cleared 13 feet 6 inches on her second attempt, which was her winning vault. Her vault set the State Meet record, the Division 1 State record and the Jesse Owens Stadium record. It is the highest vault for a girl in any division in OHSAA history.
Congratulations to both Matt and Kristen on great performances.