In conditions better suited for flying kites, Grand Island's Steven Cahoy almost sailed higher than any pole vaulter in history.
Despite a cold cross-wind that played tricks on vaulters, the defending state gold medalist just nicked the bar with his chest on his first attempt at 16 feet, 8 inches.
That would have been an all-class state record for the Nebraska recruit at Papillion-La Vista South's Titan Invitational. Cahoy did clear 15-8 to top the meet record of 15-1 set by Jay Kilpatrick of Lincoln East in 2009.
Cahoy's best this season is 16-3 ½, which topped the Class A state record of 16-2 set by Brett Maher of Kearney in 2008. The all-class state record is 16-7 set in 2006 by Beatrice's Seth Burney.
Though he didn't go quite as high as he did last week, considering the conditions, Cahoy was happy with the way things turned out.
“I thought I had it (16-8) at first, but then I felt the bar graze my chest,” Cahoy said. “After that I just got worn out from all the jumps. I haven't had that many this season.”
Adverse weather has hampered teams through much of the first month of the season. Cahoy said what most affected his performance was how the wind made his pole wobble just before he was ready to plant and head into the air.
Cahoy set the only meet record at the eight-team event. The Papillion-La Vista boys scored 98 points to edge Grand Island (89), Omaha Burke (88) and Omaha Westside (82) for the team title, while Lincoln East topped the host Titans 122-103 to win the girls title.
Cahoy's younger brother Kevin finished second in the pole vault with a season-best 14-8. That ties him for second on the season leaders list with CJ Huber of York.
The lone double event winner in the boys competition was Andy Neal of Lincoln East, who took first in the 400-meter dash (51.58) and the 110 high hurdles (15.01).
There were two double gold medalists in the girls meet, and one of those — Keiteyana Parks of Lincoln High — prevented Papillion-La Vista South's Rachel Bramhall from winning three golds.
Parks won the 100 (12.64) and 400 (59.96) while Bramhall swept the hurdle races, winning the 100 highs in 15.62 and 300 lows in 46.82. Parks beat Bramhall in the 400 by 0.01 seconds. Bramhall's victory in the 300 hurdles was by 3.99 seconds.
Team scoring: Papillion-La Vista 98, Grand Island 89, Omaha Burke 88, Omaha Westside 82, Lincoln East 63, Papillion-La Vista South 57, Lincoln Northeast 34, Lincoln High 15.
Event winners: Long jump: Q McCray, PLV, 21-0. Triple jump: Mikal Lowe, Burke, 42-7½. Shot put: Tom Young, Westside, 53-1. Discus: Joshua Payne, Westside, 160-2. High jump: Keenan Neelon, PLV, 6-0. Pole vault: Steven Cahoy, GI, 15-8. 100 meters: Lucas Hostetler, PLV, 11.08. 200: Craig Timmons, Westside, 22.87. 400: Andy Neal, LE, 51.58. 800: Dan Otto, LNE, 1:59.98. 1,600: Wyatt McLeod, LNE, 4:46.71. 3,200: Frank Cuddy, LHS, 10:06.90. 110 hurdles: Neal, 15.01. 300 hurdles: Nick Bartels, PLV, 40.44. 400 relay: Omaha Burke (Jared Prince, Malik Thompson, Ronnell Lee, Braxton Adams), 43.46. 1,600 relay: Papillion-La Vista South (Alex Campbell, A.J. Qvern-Henderson, Drew Klein, Kyle Kasun), 3:30.17. 3,200 relay: Lincoln Northeast (Kak Ayaj, Wyatt McLeod, Jacob Miller, Dan Otto), 8:22.31.
Team scoring: Lincoln East 122, Papillion-La Vista South 103, Omaha Burke 87.5, Grand Island 60.5, Papillion-La Vista 52.5, Lincoln Northeast 36.5, Omaha Westside 35, Lincoln High 30.
Event winners: Long jump: Mackenzie Puckett, GI, 16-3½. Triple jump: Imani Wilson, LE, 33-7½. Shot put: Shelby Brown, LE, 38-6½. Discus: Abby Pensick, LNE, 100-0. High jump: Alissa Schovanic, PLV, 5-0. Pole vault: Lizzy Stanton, PLV South, 10-6. 100 meters: Keiteyana Parks, LHS, 12.64. 200: Caitlyn Cotton, PLV South, 27.23. 400: Parks, 59.96. 800: Lauren Houston, Burke, 2:28.96. 1,600: Kendra Schoening, LNE, 5:33.96. 3,200: Alexis Altmaier, LE, 11:55.10. 100 hurdles: Rachel Bramhall, PLV South, 15.62. 300 hurdles: Bramhall, 46.82. 400 relay: Papillion-La Vista South (Chelsea Cotton, Clare Maday, Caitlyn Cotton, Gabby Corbett), 52.19. 1,600 relay: Papillion-La Vista South (Alexandra Daniel, Auset Williams, Bramhall, Corbett), 4:20.52. 3,200 relay: Lincoln East (Jadyn Agee, Sophia Becker, Emmie Johnson, Morgan Applegarth), 10:23.92.
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