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LRHS seniors Eli Newman (l) and Riley Simmons will continue to compete in college

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS track field program has been breaking school records recently.

Senior pole-vaulter Eli Newman is making noise in the state track and field tournament.

Newman is committed to Eastern Illinois University to continue pole vault.

Newman cleared a whopping 4.58 meter (15 ¼ feet), landing him a ticket to the track and field state finals. His goal is to clear 4.88 meters (16 feet) at the state finals.

He told the Herald-Tribune about his recent success and where it all started.

“If I can just clean up my technique, which I am already working hard to do, I believe I will go far in my pole-vaulting career,” said Newman.

Newman also played baseball, football, and basketball before giving pole vaulting a chance.

“I did not know what pole vaulting was, the coach came up to me and said I should try out as I had a good build for it. I have been competing ever since,” said Newman.

After school Newman has some big goals, he wishes to compete In the Olympics for pole vaulting.

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Meanwhile, Senior Riley Simmons has also been setting records in the program.

Since becoming a thrower Simmons has broken both the girls shot put and the girls discus school record.

Simmons holds the current record for shot at 13.93 meters (45.8 feet) and in discus at 11.57 meters (37.95 feet)

Simmons will be continuing her track and field career at Mississippi State University.

“I am so excited to be able to keep throwing in college because I have big goals for myself in this sport,” said Simmons.

“I am looking forward to getting to college and being in an atmosphere of throwers that have the same passion I do. Where we can push each other in the weight room and at practice.”