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Wagner's Peters takes down two records in one meet

Wagner's Jaden Peters clears the bar during the boys pole vault at the Little Missouri Valley Conference meet on Monday in Wagner. (Photo courtesy Danielle Dvorak)

WAGNER — Jaden Peters had a record day on Monday.

It was a double record-setting performance for the Wagner freshman. Peters broke the Little Missouri Valley Conference boys pole vault record with a jump of 13-feet, 1.5 inches and then topped the Wagner school record by clearing 13-3.5. It was the first time Peters had cleared 13 feet in a competition.

"We haven't had any practice time so we were just hoping to get steady improvement throughout our meets," said Wagner volunteer coach Chad Peters, who is Jaden's father. "We had a tailwind to give him a little confidence and to really attack the vault."

Chad Peters has helped coach at Wagner for 20 years and said Jaden grew up following the sport of pole vault at a young age. Jaden started vaulting as a sixth-grader and cleared 12-feet as an eighth-grader last year.

"It's always pretty special to help and coach your kids. Seeing them have success is a lot of fun," Chad said. "He's been a student of pole vaulting so he knows what needs to be done and how to do it. He learned correctly at a younger age."

Jaden's mark is now second best in Class A this season. Only St. Thomas More's Jens Christensen has a better vault at 14-0. With a shorter track season because of weather, Wagner has four meets remaining before the state meet on May 25 and 26. Jaden will look to continue his success on one of the state's biggest stages at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on Saturday in Sioux Falls.

"We hope that he peaks at the state meet," Chad said. "We'll have to get on the right pole, using heavier or stiffer poles when you get to taller heights. We'll keep working on the technique and get better by the time the state meet comes."