Saturday February 24, 2018

IMG_1102-3When Matt Dillon started vaulting with us in the spring of his junior year, he had never pushed his athletic limits. When he returned as a senior from Needham-Broughton High School, we knew Matt would make the New Balance Nationals qualifying height, because when Matt is on, he is on. He improved 37.5” between November and May.

Our favorite Matt story took place at the 2016 NCHSAA 4A Outdoor State Championships. Matt shocked only himself when he placed 2nd at the most competitive state meet across all classifications. After Matt ran around the field whooping in amazement, Coach caught him and pointed to the stands. Behind his parents Chris and Ann, sat a row of college coaches waiting to have a recruitment chat with Matt.

After considering his offers, Matt decided to attend Gardner-Webb University and is looking forward to being a Runnin’ Bulldog at this Division 1 school.

We look forward to reporting on Matt’s future successes!…

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Seventeen of our vaulters competed this past weekend at the NCHSAA and NCISAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.   70% of these athletes went from zero pole vaulting to the state meet in less than 12 months!

There were 5 PR’s (including one of a whopping 18″), 4 tied PR’s, 4 misses at their PR’s, and two 2nd place finishers.  We are very proud of our vaulters and excited for their sense of accomplishment!

Chelsea Johnson of Durham School of the Arts

Boys – NCHSAA 4A
Matt Dillon – Broughton – 2nd, tied PR.

Girls – NCHSAA 4A
Midori Kirby – Panther Creek – 4th, tied PR
Chloe Franks – Enloe – 6th
Skyler Noble – East Chapel Hill – 10th

Boys – NCHSAA 3A
Bret Parks – White Oaks -3rd, 12″ PR
Dillon Kopec – Chapel Hill – 7th, missed at PR

Girls – NCHSAA 3A
Dana Davis – Cedar Ridge – 8th, missed at PR

Boys – NCHSAA 2A
Ryan Laatz – Carrboro, 14th, missed at PR

Girls – NCHSAA 2A
Chelsea Johnson – Durham School Of Arts, 6th – Tied PR

Boys – NCISAA 3A
Carter Mathis – Cary Academy – 2nd
Christian Sodano – Cary Academy – 4th, 6″ PR
Aaron Rash – Cary Academy – 7th 18″ PR
Ian Brundige – Cary Academy – 16th, 6″ PR
Matt Lang – Ravenscroft – Tied PR

Girls – NCISAA 3A
Madi Rocket – Cary Academy – 4th
Aly Haferty – Cary Academy – 8th, missed at PR
Liz Uys – Cary Academy – 10th, 3″ PR…

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