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Cahoy family commands Class A pole vault

Carson Cahoy, a sophomore at Grand Island, sprints down the runway while practicing his pole vaulting approach on May 11, 2018 (KHGI)

Looking through the history of the NSAA track and field state championships, the last name Cahoy claimed a pole vaulting gold from 2012-2015, four consecutive years, including a 2013 first and second place finish from brothers Steven and Kevin Cahoy, each claiming the top spot twice.

Three years later the family legacy continues with youngest brother Carson, who's in position to continue the Cahoy dominance during this decade.

"Well he's been watching his brothers vault for many years, so he has a lot of the similarities in his vault techniques," said Grand Island vault coach Jess McDowell.

"I think it's awesome the way we push each other to be better," added Carson.

At the district championships, Carson cleared the bar with a new personal record of 15’3”, which would have won the all-class gold each of the last two years when the elder Cahoy’s had already graduated.

Carson, a sophomore, credits his brothers for helping him become such a great vaulter so early in his career.

"Yeah they're really behind my back and they're pushing me as hard as they can," said Carson. "And really pushing me to be the best I can be, because they want me to be a 17 to 18 foot vaulter by the time I graduate high school. They're always saying, "You need to do this, because this is what I learned.'"

He’s got some stiff competition at state, though. Skyler Peterson of Lincoln Southeast cleared 15 feet and Fremont’s Jacob Sellon is the top performer in Class A, vaulting 15 feet 4 inches at districts. Cahoy needs to put it all together for a fifth family gold in the event.

"You know his runway is strong, a little inconstant at times, but he has a good run way and his takeoff is getting better," McDowell said.

Carson gets his chance to bring the gold medal back to the Cahoy name when the Class A pole vault begins, Saturday, 9 a.m.


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