Hein defends pole vault title from two years ago


Hillsboro junior Nate Hein clears the bar set at 13 feet, 6 inches, which was his best vault of the day at the state track meet on May 26. Photo by Jared Janzen.

Hillsboro junior Nate Hein has proven that he’s still the best boys pole vaulter in 2A.
Hein won first place at the state track meet on May 26 with a vault of 13 feet, 6 inches. That matched his season best.
“I feel like I could have done a little better if I would have got on a bigger pull in practice,” he said.
Hein also won the state pole vaulting title two years ago as a freshman with a height of 13 feet.
“It was pretty exciting,” he remembered. “I didn’t expect to win it. We were just hoping to get to state.”
Winning his second state title took dedication during the off-season for Hein. He used to play football and
basketball, too, but he gave those up to focus on track.

Nate Hein makes his approach to the bar during one of his pole vault attempts at state. Photo by Jared Janzen.

“I quit basketball to work on pole vault, and I’ve been doing that since Christmas break,” he said. “I’ve
been going to the center here at WSU and vaulting there for a while, and then I went to Wichita Vault
Academy.”
His goal is to earn a college scholarship in pole vaulting, but first, he has his sights set on returning to state
his senior year for a shot at a third state title. He’s already got an idea of what it will take to achieve that.
“Bigger pulls and more work at it,” he said.

Nate Hein stands at the top of the medal podium after winning first place in pole vault at state. Photo by Jared Janzen.
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