Back in the mid-70s, I was on the Gladbrook junior high track team. Recent events caused me to reflect back on a track meet at Dysart. I was cheering on a friend in the pole vault competition. I noticed every time the bar was set higher, Dysart's "star" pole vaulter took a pass. Under the rules, a participant was allowed to pass until they felt the bar was at a height that deserved their effort. Of course, if they failed to clear the bar when they chose to enter, they were out. Each time the official raised the bar a notch and called his name, he confidently waived them off. "Man, this kid must really be something!" I thought to myself.