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On the Beat Track and Field: A record with recognition

Posted: May 9, 2014 10:06 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2014 10:06 p.m.
 

Among all the chaos of the Foothill League track and field finals, there was a big moment which was somewhat lost in the shuffle.

The sun had already gone down and the meet was wrapping up when the announcement came over the loud speaker at College of the Canyons on Thursday.

Canyon senior Jeremy Kimmer had just broken his own Foothill League record in the pole vault with a leap of 15 feet.

That mark topped his mark of 14-9, which he set a week earlier in a dual meet against Valencia.

Before that, Canyon graduate Tyler Woodard owned the league’s all-time best mark of 14-8 from 2007.

But Kimmer’s surge — or vault — to the top of the league in the event is impressive for many reasons.

The Signal published a story around this time last year profiling Kimmer’s incredible abilities in the high jump.

He also owns Canyon’s school record in that event after he leapt 6-9 for second place at the CIF-Southern Section finals. He ended up advancing to the state meet in the event.

This kid is such a good athlete he’s primed to make another possible run to state in a different event.

No wonder he’s training to become a decathlete — which by the way is another area where he owns a school record.

To put his pole vaulting marks in perspective, last year’s state champion leapt 15 feet, 5.75 inches. Kimmer’s height of 15 feet even would have gotten him second place at the CIF-Southern Section Division II championships last year.

To make a run like that two years in a row in two entirely different events isn’t heard of very often. Either way, he’ll go down as one of Canyon’s all-time greats.

The gauntlet begins: If you’re a track and field athlete in the CIF-Southern Section, it is a long, arduous road to the state finals. And that road began on Thursday at the Foothill track and field finals.

Athletes who made it out of Thursday will have to qualify through the next three consecutive weekends in order to make it to the end-goal in Clovis, where the state finals are held from June 6-7.

The good news is the Santa Clarita Valley has a strong history of sending at least a handful of athletes to the CIF-Southern Section and state championships.

The only question is who will emerge this year?

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