Pete Sirmon breaks Wa-Hi record in pole vault

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PORTLAND — Just because the prep track season is over doesn’t mean Pete Sirmon is done setting records.

The senior Wa-Hi trackster broke the school record with a 15-foot, 3-inch pole vault at the BorderDuel Track Classic Saturday.

Sirmon’s jumped landed him at third-place on a tie-breaker at the four-state meet, but was the best jump out of any Washington Class 4A athlete this season. His jump bested the previous Class 4A high-water mark of 14-6 by nine inches and puts him at fourth place on the state-wide list maintained by Athletic.net.

And it broke the second-oldest record in school history, Wa-Hi track coack Eric Hisaw said, besting the previous record of 15-0 set by Dave Saronto in 1979.

“I’m so proud of Peter for continuing to chase his dream to become the greatest Pole Vaulter in our school’s history,” Hisaw said. “He is that now and is very deserving. He’s worked so hard for this and it’s been a long time coming.”

Sirmon will continue his track career at the University of Idaho this fall.

“It’s such a thrill to be to do what he’s done this year,” Hisaw said of Sirmon, who is the reigning Mid-Columbia Conference Field Athlete of the Year. “He’s so talented, so humble, and is a fierce competitor.”

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