SDA pole vaulter hitting new heights

SDA pole vaulter hitting new heights

Kevin Ward Ken Grosse

Because it doesn’t have a swimming pool, San Dieguito Academy got itself a 16-foot pole vaulter—specifically senior Kevin Ward, who cleared a San Diego CIF and then state best 16-foot-1 at the recent Falcon Relays hosted by Torrey Pines High School.

Ward, whose original athletic passion was gymnastics, saw his 10-year career in that sport curtailed when he was 14 after cracking a vertebrae in his back. His bad fortune turned out to be a stroke of luck for the Mustang track & field team.

“I knew I wanted to do a sport in high school and thought it should be something related to gymnastics,” said the 5-foot-7, 160-lb. Ward. “It...