OMAHA — Gothenburg’s Tyce Hruza hopped off the crash mat at Burke Stadium on Saturday to a standing ovation after completing one of the greatest all-class pole vault careers to date.
And he did so by notching
The "Flying Swede" entered the Class B pole vault finals already holding onto the 16-07 all-class record, and proceeded to shatter the Class B state meet record anyway.
Hruza cleared the 16-foot mark that he himself set at last year’s championship with a new, 16-04 all-class state meet record before calling it quits as a back-to-back all-class gold medalist.
"It felt good, but today I was just trying to get the win and go over 16," Hruza said. "I already have the all-class record, and I did want to go for 17 but was too tired."
In fact, Hruza spent his first two hours waiting around for a reasonable height to jump into the competition.
"It’s annoying having to wait for two hours," he admitted. "But I’ve had to wait on every meet this year. Sometimes you’re just hype and ready to go, but you also don’t want to run around and get too tired."
By the time the 13-foot mark came around, a loose Hruza stepped into the competition after already having ran a leg in Gothenburg’s medaling 400-meter relay team.
"It’s not something that messes with me that much," he said of the 400 relay.
This season, however, he did get a taste of some competition in the finals.
After competing for most of the season against himself, the Gothenburg senior smiled and welcomed Seward’s Chase Berry, who stuck around once the bar reached the 15-09 mark.
"I go all year and just vault against myself," Hruza said. "It’s fun when I see another kid clear 15-09 and make me have to compete for the win."