Grand Island senior Steven Cahoy won his second straight Class A pole vault title Friday morning, but he just missed breaking the all-class state record.
Still, he's confident a Cahoy will hold that record soon.
“I'm a little disappointed,” he said. “I thought this was the year I could do it, but that Seth Burney jump is going to stand for a while until hopefully my little brother can break it.”
Steven's sophomore brother, Kevin, showed that potential, winning the silver medal Friday. Steven won the event by clearing 16 feet, while Kevin set a personal-best by clearing 15-4.
Finishing second to his brother was just fine with Kevin.
“I came in here expecting to lose to him. I was hoping he would get the state record,” Kevin said. “I look up to him a lot, especially in pole vaulting. When you see someone doing something good, you want to see if you can mimic that.”
The Cahoys are sons of Phil Cahoy, who helped lead Nebraska to four national gymnastics championships and made the U.S. Olympic team.
Steven, an NU track recruit, won the state vault last season by clearing 15-8. He set the Class A state record last month at the Grand Island Invitational when he made 16-3¼. That moved him to third on the state's all-time chart.
On Friday, he didn't miss an attempt until he tried to clear 16-8. Beatrice's Burney set the all-class record in 2006 with a jump of 16-7.
Steven's best attempt at 16-8 was on his third and last try, but he knocked the bar off.
“The conditions today were ideal for pole vault,” Steven said. “For our season, we had the worst weather we could possibly have. It was just horrible. But we had to make do with it and we had it beautiful (today).”
And while Steven believes Kevin will clear 16-8 someday, Kevin knows Steven has upside in the vault as well — Steven just started vaulting as a junior.
“I'm really happy for him,” Kevin said. “He's going to do great at UNL. He can go 17 feet easily next year.”
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