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Indian Valley’s David Adams vaults into record books

| April 25, 2022
David Adams vaults for Indian Valley. (Photo courtesy of Bill Palma)

GNADENHUTTEN (WJER) (April 25, 2022) – David Adams is crushing pole vault records for the Indian Valley High School track and field team. Braves Coach Bill Palma says Adams cleared 16 feet for the first time two weeks ago.

“The school record was, I believe, 15 feet, 9 inches, set by Zach Love in 2018,” Palma said. “David now has the school record at 16 feet, ¾ inch.”

That’s six inches better than Adams’s previous personal best and better than anyone at the Division I or II state meet last year.

“He’s very athletic, but what sets him apart is really his determination,” Palma said. “He is 110 percent committed to what he does. When you get to know a kid like David, you’re not surprised by anything that he can achieve.”

Adams has signed with Dartmouth in the Ivy League.

He works with Coach Dave Bell, who is retiring this year.

“He and David pretty much do everything together,” Palma said. “They vault on weekends. They did summer camps. David did indoor at Newcomerstown a lot. Every weekend he was going to an indoor meet somewhere. He has really dedicated himself to this, and you’re seeing the results of that now.”

Senior night is Tuesday for Indian Valley. Adams will be attempting to break the county record and his own high mark at home against Garaway.

Adams placed fifth at the state track meet last year. Palma says his goals in the pole vault this year are even higher.

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