ABC22/FOX44 Athlete of the Week: Essex's Kyle Baker

Published 05/14 2014 06:59PM

Updated 05/14 2014 07:05PM

Burlington, VT -- Essex's Kyle Baker isn't just chasing meet and state titles this year in the pole vault, he's also chasing Vermont state history, by attempting to set a new state record in the event. Baker is our ABC22/FOX44 Athlete of the Week.

"I generally want to go for the record and beat it this year." Baker said after coming just short of the record at the BHS Invitational. "Usually it's on my mind but I haven't been doing too well this season. So today I just wanted to focus on going one height at a time and getting back to where I used to be."

Last weekend at the Burlington Invitational, Baker made another step toward the current state record of 14'7".

"I was really happy with my last couple of attempts at 14'6". I moved up to a pole that I had never used before." said Baker. "It was really nice getting that confidence boost knowing that I could progress like that."

In his final year of high school, Baker knows he only has so many more chances to become the new record holder.

"Probably like three or four more meets." estimates Baker. "All the way up to states here in Burlington, and if I go to New England Championships that'll be another opportunity that I have."

But as each meet goes by, the support he receives from his coaching staff gets stronger, helping him stay focused on a shot at history.

"I really like working with my coaches. They're my coaches but they're also kind of like friends." he said. "They're really casual with me and we can have fun while training. Just the vaulters in general that I compete with they're all really nice and we sort of have a bond going on."

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