Reed City pole vaulter eager for a successful season


EED CITY  — Nathan Fasbender is a sophomore pole vaulter who will be counted upon to score a lot of points for the Reed City boys track team this season.

He got his personal record at 12 feet “multiple times” last season as a freshman, Fasbender recalled.

“I steadily improved throughout the year and jumped 13-6 in the first meet this year (at the Grand Valley Indoor meet),” Fasbender said.

He’s already 18 inches higher than last season and he hasn’t even in been in an outdoor meet yet.

“(Brent Michell, Reed City track coach) has a summer program when he invites pole vaulters all throughout, along with hurdlers,” Fasbender said. “He does the pole vaulting and (Vikki Michell, Reed City track coach) does the hurdling. It’s an excellent, excellent program.”

It’s Fasbender’s third year of pole vaulting. He started in the eighth grade.

“I saw Brian Michell do it and I thought ‘holy cow, that’s amazing,’” Fasbender said. “I started doing it. Whenever I had the chance, I would pole vault.”

He had not pole vaulted prior to the eighth grade.

“I learned the basics rather quickly,” he said. “To perfect the basics, I haven’t done that yet. Pole vault is considered the third most technical sport in the world. It’s not an easy job to go up there and clear a height.”

Pole vault will be Fasbender’s main event.

“They would like me to run the 200 and 400 and be in the 4x4 team,” he said. “I can expect a lot of great things coming out of the 4x4 team.”

He’s anticipating being the starting or second leg of the relay.

In the pole vault, Fasbender is looking at 14-0 to 14-6.

“That shouldn’t be a problem, but if I’m doing really well, then 15 foot,” he said. “Then I’d like to do well in states, then hopefully top three if I’m capable.”

Repetition is a key to having success in the pole vault, “and taking time and analzying what you’ve done wrong and fixing it,” Fasbender said. “My personal strengths are listening to my coach. He’s amazing at what he does. Taking time and listening to him really helps and shows me what I need to improve on.”

Dylan Langlois is also vaulting for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes are scheduled to have their first outdoor meet at Big Rapids on Wednesday.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Fasbender said, adding that despite the poor weather during the preseason, the team was able to get ready for the regular season.