Riddle vaults way to seventh in world youth championship

Valley Vista senior Cole Riddle runs up for a vault during the early season meet. Riddle recently won the Chandler Rotary Invitational and his clearance at 16-7 is the best in the state this year. (Elliott Glick/Special for West Valley Preps)

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A little more than one year after he broke the state high school pole vault record, Surprise native Cole Riddle placed seventh in the IAAF World U20 Championships last week in Tampere, Finland.

Riddle was one of two American vaulters to qualify for the meet, shortly after finishing his freshman season at Arizona State University. He graduated from Valley Vista High School on 2017.

In the final round July 14, Riddle cleared 17 feet 5 inches to place seventh. Armand Duplantis of Sweden finished first 19 feet 1 inches.

After competing and placing fourth in the Pac-12 Championships, Riddle cleared 18 feet to earn a spot on the Under 20 team. That vault earned a second-place finish at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships June 15-17 in Bloomington, Ind.

Riddle, the state record holder in the pole vault in Arizona, finished second in the pole vault at the 2017 United States Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships. That earned a spot on the U.S. Pan American Junior Championships team last year.

Riddle broke the state high school record previously held by mentor Nick Hysong on April 26, 2017 when he vaulted 17-5. He raised the bar in his final high school meet, clearing 17-7 at the Meet of Champions May 11, 2017.

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