GISH Pole Vaulter a Natural Fit

By: Dan Koob Email
By: Dan Koob Email

Steven Cahoy is a newcomer to Grand Island's Track and Field team, but he is no stranger to success.

In the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament May 2, he set a new school record vaulting at 16 feet.

An entire half inch better than his previous best.

"It was just an amazing feeling, everyone supporting me and my teammates pushing me to accomplish that... it was just fan-tab-ulous," he said.

Steven's athleticism may come from his time as a gymnast after being guided into the sport by his former Olympic gymnast father Phil.

If you become satisfied with where you're at, I think you actually start regressing a little bit," Phil said. "He knows 16 is just one more milestone, he's got 17, 18, 19 maybe even 20 to go."

"We talk about it all the time, we hear it from people all the time too it's pretty awesome that he did that. We look up youtube videos of him and we show him," said Steven.

I never pull them up," laughed Phil, "but Steven will pull them up and shows me and laughs at the long hair in the 80's.

Although it may not be surprising Steven has excelled as a pole vaulter, the number that most sticks out about his game is 5. The amount of months he's actually been pole vaulting.

It's very technical, but with having that gymnastics background, its helped dramatically. That hard work ethic that he learned from gymnastics has helped a lot," said Clint Simmons, one of Grand Island's Track and Field coaches.

That tenacity has Steven encouraged he can vault into the state history books.

"The top? Hopefully a state record. But we're going for a state championship."

Steven has already qualified for the state tournament and will be seeking an ending that can only be described as a success after only five months.

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