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Westlake middle-schooler breaks pole vault record

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grader Michael Sedlak set the school's pole vault record with a vault of 11 feet six inches on Thursday against Olmsted Falls. (Photo courtesy of the Sedlak family)

By Ryan Kaczmarski

Most sports records are set to be broken. Some last for decades, while others are only around for just one meet.

On Thursday, Lee Burneson Middle School (Westlake) eighth-grader Michael Sedlak broke his own week-old pole vault record with a vault of 11 foot six inches.

This comes after he originally broke the 23-year-old record of 10 foot six inches – originally set by Kenny Neverman in 1989 – with his 11 foot vault against North Olmsted on April 17.

Westlake has one of the few middle school pole vaulting programs in the area. Hopes are that Sedlak’s success will garner more interest in the event from other students and help the school build a strong program.

With the Southwestern Conference meet coming tomorrow and Friday, Sedlak hopes to eclipse the 12 foot barrier. According to his Father, he is also doing very well in the classroom, taking advanced courses in a number of subjects.

 

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