Alex Homan vaulted to a personal best at the Northeast Nebraska Track and Field Classic on April 25, in Norfolk.
The Creighton junior cleared 13’ 8”, bettering his previous mark of 13 feet.
Ironically, a short-lived squall moved through the area as Homan crossed over the bar, spitting raindrops against a rainbow backdrop.
The pot of gold - in medal form - eluded Homan, who settled for silver and a renewed sense of accomplishment in what he calls “the best track event.”
O’Neill’s Kolby Dean finished first, clearing 14’ 4”.
Homan said he began pole vault in sixth grade.
“Pole vault is interesting, reaching for the highest out of anything.”
Homan said finishing second against the best of the best “felt good,” but there’s still plenty of work to accomplish before the season ends.
On Thursday, Homan went against two competitors he will face at the district level.
“Our district is pretty tough,” he said.
The Bulldogs will compete in the C-5 district event May 9, at Norfolk Catholic. The district includes Ainsworth, Battle Creek, Boyd County, Crofton, Lutheran High Northeast, Madison, Niobrara/Verdigre, Norfolk Catholic and West Holt.
Homan hopes to clear 14’ yet this season.
“I hope to get there,” he said.
Thad Hazen competed in the 100-meter dash, finishing seventh.
He ran 11.62 in a race that saw a single second separate first and seventh.
Norfolk Catholic’s Dylan Kautz took home the gold, running 10.63.
Hazen will meet Kautz, as well as runners from Crofton and LHNE who edged past him at the Classic, in district competition.
Pole vault results: First: Dean, O’Neill, 14’ 4”; second: Homan, Creighton, 13’8”; third: Evan Smith, NC, 13’; fourth: Cole Belitz, Neligh-Oakdale, 12’8”; fifth: Elijiah Lundstrom, Norfolk, 12’4”; sixth: Tanner Copple, West Point-Beemer, 12’; seventh (tie): Tanner Storjohann, O’Neill and Alex McDonald, Norfolk, 11’6”; ninth: Gage Mcgill, Ponca, 11’6”; 10th: Turner Korth, Hartington-Newcastle, 11’6” and 11th: Tate Fernau, Ainsworth, 11’6”.
100m results: First: Kautz, NC, 10.63; second: Tanner Thompson, Norfolk, 11.15; third: Carson Oestreich, Pierce, 11.22; fourth: Cade Goger, Stanton, 11.27; fifth: Kalvin Watts, LHNE, 11.48; sixth: Cody Crosley, Crofton, 11.61 and Hazen, Creighton, 11.62.