Former Norfolk High track & field standout just misses Olympic final
Former Norfolk High track & field standout Jeremy Scott fell short in qualifying for the Pole Vault finals at the Olympics in London. He made his first attempt at 17’6. Scott then missed his first attempt at 18 feet before clearing his second try. He then missed all three attempts at 18’4. 14 vaulters advanced to the final on Friday with six reaching 18 feet while Scott was among three vaulters that didn’t qualify despite the same mark. He finished 15th. The 31-year-old competed against 32 other vaulters for a chance at the Final on Friday afternoon. Scott made the height of 18 feet needed to advance but cleared the bar on his second attempt. With a tie-breaker of missed attempts, those who made the height on their first try were ranked ahead of those who made it on their second. Only the jumpers who made it on the first attempt reached the final. Scott has spent nine years training with Bell Athletics in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is the tallest pole vaulter in the world at 6’9 ¾. Scott says his training has helped him go from clearing 15’2 in high school in 1999 to win the state tournament to clearing 19’1 ¼ in a recent meet.