Blanchet's Shugart headed to World Youth Championship

Blanchet's Shugart headed to World Youth Championship

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Blanchet's Shugart headed to World Youth Championship

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Bishop Blanchet's Zach Shugart won the 3A Boys Pole Vault with 15-09 after placing second last year.

Bishop Blanchet’s Zach Shugart won the 3A Boys Pole Vault with 15-09 after placing second last year.

Zach Shugart’s summer plans just got a lot more interesting.

The Bishop Blanchet pole vaulter won the men’s pole vaulting competition at the World Youth Trials Tuesday and will represent the U.S. at the World Youth Championships in Colombia this month.

Shugart, a rising senior, cleared 16-02.75 at the trials in Lisle, Ill. He beat out runner-up Zach McWhorter of Elm Springs, Ark. by 4.25 inches.

The World Youth Championships will take place in Cali, Colombia from July 15-19. The U.S. will send a team of up to 41 student-athletes to compete.

This is the first time a Bishop Blanchet student has competed in the World Youth Trials.

“He’s a tremendously hardworking kid,” said Bishop Blanchet athletic director Rick O’Leary. “He’s very passionate about excelling in everything he does in the classroom and the athletic arena. He really pushes himself and pushes his teammates, working together to succeed.”

Shugart, who is coached by his father Charlie, won the 3A boys pole vaulting state championship last month, clearing 15-09.

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