A Scottsboro pole vaulter has added to his growing list of accomplishments in the event.
SHS rising freshman Maddox Hamm won a silver medal in the 13-14-year-old boys pole vault division at the United States Track and Field National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, California on Wednesday.
Hamm cleared 13 feet, 11.25 inches and finished second behind winner Wyatt Stewart of Kentucky. Hamm and Stewart were the last two competitors in the event and both attempted three attempts at clearing 14-05.25. Stewart cleared the height on his final attempt to win.
“I think it went pretty well. Wish I could’ve cleared higher, but I had a lot of fun and got to compete against other great athletes,” Hamm said.
The USATF National Junior Olympics was Hamm’s second national competition this summer. He won the 13-14-year-old division national championship at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina last month. Hamm, who turned 14 in late May, set a national record (14-09) for a 13-year-old vaulter twice during the regular season, the final time during the AHSAA State Championships in May when he won the Class 5A Boys Pole Vault state championship.
Hamm, who was competing under the Team Peak Athletes banner, cleared three different heights during the competition before his attempts at 14-05.25.
“Overall it was a great experience,” Hamm said of the USATF National Junior Olympics. “I am thankful to all my coaches, family and friends who have supported me this year. I can’t wait for Scottsboro indoor track season to start.”
Hamm’s sister Lauren, a UAH signee, competes in the USATF National Junior Olympics’ 17-18 girls pole vault competition today.