ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The annual Cosmopolitan High School track meet gets underway Thursday with the pole vaulting competition at Patrick Henry High School. One of the guys looking to earn gold in the event and put his mark in the meet record book is PH senior pole vaulter Evan Langhammer. Langhammer’s road to success took some twists and turns but he would not have it any other way. Langhammer feels is takes a certain mentality to be a pole vaulter.

“It takes a little bit of craziness. Each jump that is going in, you are launching yourself in the air. You are trusting a 2 foot thick foam mat to catch you at the end. But it is enjoyable. Each jump I get a little adrenaline rush,” said Langhammer. Langhammer picked up the pole vaulting sport with energy and passion. He was on the road to a success. But in October 2020, he tore his right ACL. During rehab, he reinjured the same ACL putting his comeback on hold. With more rehabbing, he got his new bionic leg into shape to resume pole vaulting last December.

“My therapist and I have been strengthen my legs and my core and my upper body was like a bicycle. I picked up the pole and I did a couple of normal runs right into the pit and then I started to swing up and then everything clicked,” said Langhammer.

Langhammer’s comeback is impressive as last winter. He won the Region 5D indoor pole vaulting title as well as the Class 5 title. He’s hit the 15 foot mark this season. Evan’s gotten a boost in his performance as each weekend he goes down to the vault house in High Point, North Carolina to get more help. “I started to go down to High Point. My skills and ability just blossomed and I really found a good home,” said Langhammer.

Now Evan is focusing on the Cosmopolitan. The meet record is 15 feet set in 1979 by PH’s Danny Thompson. Evan likes his chances to get in done at the Cosmo. “I think I am going to have to push the next four days that I have remaining to go in with a clear head and good energy and to be able to get the jumps that I want. I think it is neat to be able to continue the great legacy of Patrick Henry pole vaulters and historically in southwest Virginia, Patrick Henry has always had numerous champions in the pole vault.

If Evan breaks the Cosmopolitan pole vaulting record Thursday at PH, it will be the second meet record he will own. Evan is currently the Cosmo junior pole vault record holder. The rest of the Cosmopolitan meet continues Friday and Saturday at William Fleming.