Sam Smith, Jake Platel leap to the challenge

But Smith's most fulfilling moment was one last year when he and Platel each won their events at states.

"We were walking by the awards table and they had these huge trophies, and they had tons of them. And I asked, 'Coach are those for every event?' He said, 'Yeah, they are.' And I said, 'Wow, it would be cool to get one of those big trophies,'" he said. "We were both doing one event each. I did the high jump and everything came together. The second place guy got out at 6 feet, and I was just jumping against myself. I kept going and kept going, and I hit my personal record at that time (6-6) and came home with one of those big trophies. And then I went over and watched Jake clear 14-6, and then he came home with one of those trophies. It was just a great day because you see how your hard work is coming along."

Platel and Smith have one last outdoor track season to go through before they head off to college. Platel will be pole vaulting for Binghamton University, while Smith will compete for the University of Connecticut.

"I can't ever see myself not doing something with the pole vault," said Platel.

"I agree," added Smith.""

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