York's Sgarbossa Wins State Track Title in Pole Vault [VIDEO]
York senior Nick Sgarbossa cleared a school-record 16 feet-3 inches to win the Class 3A pole vault title at the boys track state meet, the Dukes' first state champion in the event.
Senior Nick Sgarbossa truly took York High School boys pole vault to new heights Saturday.
Sgarbossa became the Dukes’ first state champion in the event as he cleared a school-record 16 feet-3 inches to capture the Class 3A title at the boys track state finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
The only vaulter among the 13 finalists to clear 16-3, Sgarbossa won over Normal Community senior Eric Gordon, the only other competitor to clear 16-0.
Sgarbossa is the eighth all-state pole vaulter in York history and only the third to earn the honor twice. Sgarbossa took ninth in 2011 (14-0) after clearing a then personal-best 14-3 to reach the finals. Competitors needed to clear 14-9 in Friday’s preliminaries to advance to finals.
Scott Maechtle had York’s previous highest state finish, taking second to Bloom’s Tim Johnson (14-9) in 1974. The school record entering this season was 15-5 by Mike Heidecke, who was fourth at state in 1984 and fifth in 1985. Sgarbossa initially broke that record with his 16-0 for first place at the West Suburban Conference Silver Division Meet May 11 at Lyons Township.
Senior Paul Golen also made Saturday’s finals in shot put and finished 11th (53-7 1/2), 1-1 1/4 from ninth place. On Friday, Golen tied for 15th in discus (150-3), 6-3 from that event’s 12-thrower final.
The 3,200-meter relay of senior Billy Clink, freshman Matt Plowman, junior Jack Achen and senior Eric Glaubke finished 14th in prelims (7:55.38), just 1.53 seconds from the 12th and final qualifying berth.
Sophomore Nathan Mroz (9:36.24) and junior Scott Milling (9:43.67) were 20th and 25th in the 3,200, which only is run in two heats Saturday. Among other competitors Friday, junior Chris May (4:25.60) and Clink (4:36.64) were 21st and 31st in the 1,600, junior Shawn John tied for 26th in pole vault (14-0) and senior Adam Kosecki missed the opening height of 6-2 for high jump.