Aide makes it four in a row
BISMARCK – Bottineau’s domination of pole vault continued as senior Harrison Aide won a fourth-consecutive state title in the event. He won with a mark of 14 feet, a foot shy of his state record, and continued Bottineau’s run of 13 straight titles in pole vault.
“I was pleased for jumping 14 for how short a season we had, but I didn’t want to lose it,” Aide said.
Aide said he lucked out with his first title as a freshman because former Rugby standout Eric Kuntz failed to record a height. Aide is pursuing a career in junior hockey and his fourth championship likely marked the end of his career in pole vault.
Sisters Kelsey and Abbey won five and three state titles, respectively and former BHS standout Mary Beth Geiszler also snagged a title in the 13-year run.
All of the Bottineau vaulters were coached by the Aide’s father Mark, a three-time state champion.
“I’ve been lucky to jump high and every day he’s thinking of what I can do better,” Harrison said.
Said Mark: “It’s fun when you work with your own kids. It’s a lot more emotional and nerve-wracking.”
– Tim Chapman
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