Olivetathletics.com is counting down the top 10 Olivet High School sports stories of 2015-16. Here is No. 8…
When David Hewer came out of nowhere to finish second in the pole vault competition at last year’s state meet, one had to wonder if there was anything short of a state championship that he could do for an encore in 2016.
Well, the Olivet High School senior was up to the challenge on Friday, May 13 when he cleared 13’11” at the Mendon Invitational. The vault not only was a personal-best, it also broke the 38-year-old school record of 13’10” that was set by Dan Fuller in 1978.
Hewer’s record-breaking vault, which was caught on video and viewed by thousands via Facebook, is the No. 8 OHS sports story of 2015-16.
Olivet assistant track and field coach Brandon Peters, who specializes in the pole vault, calls Hewer a “natural.” He remembers how Hewer came out two weeks late for last year’s team and then beat the odds in an event that usually takes years to master.
“Within a month, it was obvious that Dave was not a typical case,” Peters explained. “And by the end of the year when Dave was clearing 13’0” and 13’6″, everyone just continued to be amazed by him.”
Hewer’s 2015 season culminated with a 13’6″ jump with no scratches at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 State Meet, earning him a second-place medal and all-state honors.
“We have had four or five jumpers clear 13’6″ as juniors and not break the record…so I knew it was not a forgone conclusion that Dave would break it this year,” Peters added. “But I knew he had a great shot at it. Dave works very hard and has been a blast to coach!”
Hewer’s next challenge comes Saturday when he competes in the state meet at Comstock Park High School. He qualified for the main event after winning a regional championship on May 20.