Belding resident excels in pole vaulting – The Daily News – Greenville, Belding & Montcalm County, MI
Belding resident excels in pole vaulting – The Daily News
3/25/2010 2:00:00 PM
Belding resident excels in pole vaulting
Ken Wall
Sports Writer

BELDING – Belding resident John Large waited 42 years before rediscovering the sport he loved in high school.

Large, 62, was a pole vaulter at Greenville High School in the late 1960s. He began participating in pole vault events again about two years ago and has won several awards around the United States and beyond.

“I ran the 100-yard dash and the 220-yard dash at Greenville. But my forte was my vault,” Large said. “When I got out of school I did just one meet. But then I discovered music and I spent the next 40 years sitting behind a drum set touring the United States playing music. Then one day my old nemesis from high school came into the Razor’s Edge where I was cutting hair and said, ‘Guess what I am doing. Pole vaulting.’

“He said I should start vaulting again. I thought about for six months and I started up. When I did, I ripped every muscle I could. I was a vault coach at Greenville with Jeff White at the time and decided to start vaulting again.”

Large recently captured the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) championship for his age group in Ontario, Canada. He also took second place in the Michigan State Master championships at Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti with a jump of 11 feet 1 inch.

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