Litchfield's Hurtado is Class S pole vault champion
Class S pole vault champion Augie Hurtado. John McKenna photos
Litchfield High sophomore Augie Hurtado won the pole vault in the Class S boys track and field championships in New Britain on Thursday by clearing 13 feet, in the process setting a new school record.
Hurtado, whose best height heading into the championships was 12 feet, 6 inches, cleared 13 feet on his first try.
"He's worked hard and is a really good kid, so I'm happy for him," Litchfield coach Andy Parker said Friday. "He's been working on getting his hands higher up on the pole on his approach and that has made a difference."
Hurtado, during practice at Plumb Hill Playing Fields on Friday, said the adrenalin flowing during the competition involving the best pole vaulters in Class S propelled him over the 13-foot height.
Next for Hurtado is the boys State Open in New Britain on Monday.
The previous Litchfield record in the pole vault of 12 feet, 9 inches was set by Ryan Corning.
Below, Augie Hurtado works on his craft during practice on Friday.