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Five Star Performer: Steven Cahoy
Ask any track coach what event is the hardest to learn and excel at and my bet is most would would say the pole vault. This week's Aurora Cooperative Five Star Performer did it in just four months.
Grand Island's Steven Cahoy officially started his pole-vaulting career in January and already owns the school record at 15 feet 6 inches.
And on that vault at the Norfolk Invitational the Islander broke the meet record which had stood since 1977.
"Well, honestly for him that was kinda business as usual. He hasn't been breaking records along. He had ideal weather that day the competition level was pretty good and it pushed him to go further," said GISH Pole Vault Coach Geoff Cyboron.
To give you an idea of just how high Steven Cahoy has vaulted: I'm standing on top of the live truck the top of my head is at thirteen feet above the ground. He's gone 15 feet 6 inches that's two and a half feet above me. The state record - 16 feet 7 inches - that's three and a half feet above me. That's quite a distance.
Following Steven's record breaking vault at Norfolk the junior took three tries at becoming just the eighth person in Nebraska Track and field history to clear 16 feet and came up just short of the mark clipping the bar on his way down, but it was his first attempt that was probably the most painful...literally.
"It hurt a lot...quite a bit," said Cahoy.
The broken bar was just a minor setback for the former gymnast as Cahoy knows exactly what he needs to work on to clear sixteen feet.
"When I get up top at the top of the pole I just need to work on focusing on getting up higher like pulling up and explosiveness," Cahoy said.
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