Bloomington’s Isaiah Whitaker soars for world pole vaulting record

Published: Aug. 6, 2022 at 6:42 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - 14-year-old Isaiah Whitaker is going to have a heck of a story to write about what he did this summer.

Whitaker went where no teenager has gone before Thursday at the AAU Junior Olympics in North Carolina, Whitaker broke the world record for a 14-year-old in the pole vault, soaring a remarkable 16 feet, 2 inches as a 14-year-old.

“You look up the world record at 16 too so going into that meet we were trying to get it that whole time,” Whitaker said. “It was amazing, just falling back on the mat and realizing you got the world record.”

Two days after setting a world record, what’s Isaiah doing? He’s trying out for a summer baseball team. Isaiah can’t wait to be a Bloomington Central Catholic Saint. He’s going to play a whole lot of sports, including baseball, basketball, and track.

Whitaker also left the door open for the Olympics in pole vaulting.

“I mean, it’s the goal,” he said.

The Olympics might be the ultimate goal. For now, Whitaker’s just having fun being a sports-loving teenager and also the teenager ever pole vaulting 16 feet 2 inches.

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