Patrick Anderson of Kane isn’t resting on his laurels after winning the pole vault for the second consecutive year in the state championship track and field meet.
He set the Class AA record by clearing 15 feet, 11 inches in the state meet.
Anderson, who holds the Kane school record at 16 feet, 4 ¾ inches in the pole vault, is setting his sights on lofty goals—even a shot at a future Olympics.
“Right now, I’m trying to clear 17 feet in a meet,” Anderson said. “I’ve done it in practice.”
Anderson, who graduated from Kane High last week, is headed to Penn State University on an athletic scholarship. As a freshman who will major in wood products, he will be the No. 1 pole-vaulter on the Penn State track team.
Although he’s completed high school and is waiting to enter college, Anderson won’t be taking the summer off from the pole vault pit.
He’s planning to compete in several meets, including the New Balance National Outdoors Meet this weekend at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. The meet ranks as a highlight for the national high school track and field season.
Anderson is one of only 18 high school athletes in the U.S. who have been invited to compete in the pole vault at the national meet. His event is scheduled Saturday.
“It’s the best of the best,” Anderson said in describing his competition Saturday in the pole vault at the national meet.
Anderson, the son of Denny and Pam Anderson, said a victory in the national meet Saturday would be “my Father’s Day present to my dad.”
Father’s Day is Sunday.
Anderson said his father, a former Kane High pole-vaulter, has taken him to many competitive meets year-round and will be with him at the national event this weekend.
“I owe my success to my dad,” Anderson said. “He’s made me what I am now.”
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