Ty Sides is a coach and teacher in the Hallsville School District.
Kyle Borland, a sophomore at Hallsville High School, broke the school record in the pole vault on Tuesday March 29th. His vault of 12'9" beat Grant Abell's old mark of 12'6".
"It feels good, really good. Knowing that the countless hours of practice and driving to Excelsior Springs on weekends over the winter have paid off," said Borland.
Todd Cooper manages the Just Vault facility and has taught Kyle numerous ways to improve his jumping. "Sometimes I feel like he has magical powers to make me do things that I never could before. He has helped me in so many ways, and I would recommend him to anyone," Borland said of Cooper.
Borland also contributes his success to the support he gets from his friends and family. Along with his supporting cast he works extremely hard in practice and he gets ready for every meet by listening to loud music during his warm up and doing flips on the mat to get loose. Autin Abell is his personal motivational coach, giving him pep talks before his jumps, saying things like "go do it."
If you are interested in trying pole vault his advice would be to, "Commit to it. You have to put forth some effort to see if you will like it or not. And never over-think it, the only thing that comes from thinking about a jump is you will psyche yourself out and that is never a good thing."
Kyle believes that his sport relates to life in many ways. "In pole vault, you will always have gravity trying to pull you down and make it hard to get over the bar. In life there will always be something or someone trying to pull down on you so you can't achieve your goals. The important thing, is doing whatever it takes to rise above it," Borland said.
He started vaulting in the 7th grade, he always wanted to try it, but none of the schools he went to offered it, as soon as the opportunity came around Kyle jumped right into it. When asked what inspires him, Borland said, "Throughout history, so many people have overcome obstacles in their path and reached goals that no one ever thought were possible. One person that has always pushed me to be the best that I can be is my best friend Peyton Bowman. Whenever I felt like I'd had enough, she never let me quit. She would make sure I did everything I could to get better and that inspires me. The most inspirational people in my life though, are my parents. They paid for all the pole vaulting classes I take and the money for gas to get there. I can always count on at least one, if not both of them, to be at every meet to support me and help me. They would do anything in their power to help me succeed, and I love them, and hope I can be as good a parent to my kids as they are to me."
In order to be a good pole vaulter you have to be a little different and be willing to take some chances. I don't recommend any of the following activities but as a youngster Kyle would jump off the roof of his house, attempt to ride his pet cow, and he was always climbing trees.
"Ever since I was little I have been thinking of new ways to get my adrenaline going. There was always some potentially stupid thing I did to feel the rush of excitement and fear that comes with it. Pole vault gets me that every single time I jump, because what's better than flying 12 feet through the air with only a thin pole to support you," said Borland.
In addition to track and field Kyle also plays football and parkour. Kyle is focused and is ready to do the work that it takes to get better, is ultimate goal would be to become a Mizzou Tiger and who knows maybe a member of the Olympic team.