When Mason Hamrick finally attempted his first pole vault at the Georgia Olympics on Thursday, the bar was already at 13 feet.
At that point, many of his competitors were already eliminated and Hamrick was feeling confident that he was heading towards a third state title.
“I knew what I could do and I knew what I would need to do,” said Hamrick. “I was confident about getting more than 15 (feet).”
His confidence certainly wasn’t unwarranted. Not only did Hamrick’s jump of 15-feet clinch his third AA state title, it was also the highest jump in any classification in the state.
Hamrick is undoubtedly no stranger to being atop the victory podium, but winning isn’t something he takes for granted.
“It feels awesome,” he said. “It never gets old. I always get the same feeling. Of course winning was awesome, but knowing I was the highest vault in the state feels even better.”
A state title in his senior year holds particular resonance for Hamrick, namely because of a one-two finish with his teammate and friend, James Howard. Howard was Hamrick’s biggest challenger – nailing a jump at 14-feet and finishing as runner-up Class AA champion. At the beginning of the season, the two jumpers set a goal to take the top-two spots at state and earn 18 points for the team.
“That was awesome,” said Hamrick “I’m not sure on the exact number (of years), but it’s the first time in a long time that that has happened. That was our goal. He looked awesome all day and his jumps were great.”
Hamrick’s third title ties a Jefferson record set by both Tyler Porter and Chris Keen.
The three-time state champ has already signed with Georgia Tech.