Garaway senior Jarrod Hunt’s great pole vaulting career came to an abrupt end well before he had hoped it would.
While the high-soaring Pirate made his way to the state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Field in Div. II, he ended up falling out of the competition at 12-06, missing at 12-10, a height that he normally clears.
While it was a disappointment for Hunt, rather than dwell on what might have been, he was able to pull all of his memories of a tremendous career together, a career that saw him qualify for the state meet in the pole vault multiple times.
“Even though I didn’t get the result I wanted, it was amazing to come back here and see everyone again and to compete at this high level,” Hunt said. “It’s exciting to know that I am one of the top pole vaulters in the state, and there is a very talented group of vaulters here to compete against. It’s the very best in the state.”
Hunt had the added hurdle of competing in Div. II again this year after vaulting in Div. III much of his career. That made it even tougher to work his way up the placement chart.
“It definitely got a lot tougher moving up,” Hunt said. “In my junior year I cleared 14 feet at regionals and still got ninth place and didn’t make state. That was really a disappointment, but it goes to show just how difficult it is to get here.”
The quiet, hard-working Hunt had to settle for a 14th-place finish, but that does little to take away from the many accomplishments he has achieved over his career.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” Hunt said of his career. “I don’t know what to say. I am at a loss for words.”
Hunt quietly went about business, allowing his fierce competitiveness to drive him. His success continues a long string of successful Garaway pole vaulters, and he now becomes one of the athletes that up and coming Pirates will strive to be like when they get older.
“I couldn’t have done it without my coaches,” Hunt said. “They gave me specific tips to help me, and I appreciate it.”
Hunt said he grew a lot as a leader this season and tried to help his younger teammates stay on point and focus while continuing to have fun at the same time. He also said he tried to push the idea that the team was one big family.
It was a busy year for the senior, who also played on Garaway’s state-playoff qualifying football team, and he also battled his way to districts in wrestling, where he narrowly missed a state berth.