Pole vaulter works to beat his current PR


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Junior Layne Studer pole faults this spring at Lake. Studer has been pole vaulting since middle school.

To those who have not tried pole vaulting, it may appear intimidating, like any sport may seem to someone who has not tried it. Some athletes may find it easier than others, especially those with years of experience. With this in mind, the sport has gained recognition due to the efforts of star pole vaulter Layne Studer.

Also known for his efforts during the swim season, Studer is a star athlete when it comes to pole vault. Starting in the seventh grade, he has been involved with track and field for five years now. In this season so far, Studer has a max jump of 14-foot-6.

This draw to the sport did not just come from anyone. Layne Studer has his dad, Ryan Studer, to look up to, who was a pole vaulter as well.

“Ever since I was little, my dad wanted me to do track,” Studer said. “I want to beat my dad. He pole vaulted for 10 years.” 

Along with his goals to beat his dad’s record in the sport one day, Studer talked about his desire to keep moving forward in the sport. 

“I have overcome breaking my pole at some meets and trying to get used to bigger poles,” Studer said. “I keep practicing, perfecting my technique too. It was difficult at first, but you get used to it as you do it more and more.”

Studer finds the sport relatively easy once you get the hang of it. While he is an athlete who looks up to his dad to be the best he can be, Studer also has a special love for the sport. 

“I love pole vault, I think it’s really fun,” Studer said.

Even while having years of experience, Studer claims pole vaulting is not that difficult. While it may seem easy to say coming from a star athlete, Studer claims the sport gets less intimidating over time.

“It doesn’t take a lot of strength. I think anyone can pole vault,” Studer said. 

As part of a program, and especially at GlenOak High School, Track and Field has so many sports involved with it. With all of these events, it is common for misconceptions to come from students not involved in the program. 

Despite these stereotypes about different sports, it is important to try these events out for yourself.

“Everyone should try it,” Studer said. “Over time it’s more and more chill. You don’t have to run like other activities in track do. It’s hard but easy at the same time.”