Maddox Hamm can add national champion to his growing resume in pole vaulting.
The Scottsboro pole vaulter captured gold during the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championships last weekend at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Hamm cleared 13 feet, 1.75 inches to win the Junior High Boys Division Pole Vault national championship. Hamm edged Drew Fehr (12-08) of Illinois for the title.
“It felt pretty good,” Hamm said. “I wasn’t expecting much. I had practiced three times (since the state meet) and was just going out there to have fun.”
Hamm, who will be a freshman at Scottsboro this coming school year, won the Class 5A Boys Pole Vault state championship during the AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships last month. Hamm, who recently turned 14, set a national record for a 13-year old vaulter at the AHSAA Class 5A Section 4 meet (14-08) and then again a week later at the state meet (14-09).
Hamm entered the competition at New Balance Nationals when the mark reached 12-08. He then cleared 13-01.75 to win.
Hamm will participate later this summer in a Junior Olympic qualifier meet in Mississippi. If he qualifies there, Hamm would move on to participate in the 2019 National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships July 22-28 in Sacramento, California.
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The 2019 Scottsboro graduate placed seventh at the Class 5A State Meet last month with a mark of 20-08.5.