Valley Sports Report
LANSING — Waverly senior Isaac Chandler took another step, or leap, forward in his quest for a New York State pole vault title.
Chandler cleared the bar at a personal-bset 16-feet on July 18 to win the Tompkins County Pole Vault Club Thursday Vault, which is a U.S.A. Track & Field-sanctioned event.
Chandler, who cleared a personal-best 15-feet, 9-inches prior to his winning vault, did not miss until his final attempts at 16-feet, 4 3/4-inches.
“I had two personal records today all on my first attempts, being clean throughout the entire competition was definitely motivating to me,” said Chandler. “Especially clearing 15-9 and 16 both on my first attempts.
“I also had a couple extremely close attempts at 16-feet, 4 3/4-inches,” added Chandler.
Ithaca College sophomore Dom Mikula, who is a Trumansburg grad, finished second at 15-feet, 3-inches.
This year’s New York State champion in the pole vault — Ravena High School junior Shane Racey — won gold at 16-feet.
“It also makes me happy to know that the winner of the state meet this year vaulted 16-feet ... definitely giving me a lot of confidence going into next year,” said Chandler, who credits Tompkins County Pole Vault Club coach Matt Scheffler, who is also the Lansing High School coach, and an assistant coach at Ithaca College.
“All of this would not be possible without my pole vault coach Matt Scheffler, who has been there for me throughout every meet pushing me to go further,” said Chandler.
IN PHOTO: Isaac Chandler.
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