Student Athlete of the Week: Callan Smith
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Callan Smith has spent most of his life in the air, but a leap he made two years ago, may be his biggest one yet.
"I was a gymnast for seven years going up to my sophomore year of high school and I had a few teammates who did gymnastics with me who made the transition from gymnastics to pole vaulting," Smith said.
That leap was to the benefit of Charlottesville track coach Ronald Green who applied his gymnastics background to pole vaulting.
"He took to it like a duck to water," Green said. "You could see that it was something that he could do. He truly loves doing it."
And it has led to success on the track. Last spring, Smith won the Class 3 outdoor state title and added the indoor school record this season. Now, he has his sights set on the outdoor school record of 13 feet, 10 inches.
"Unlike anything, you've got to make that jump that day," Green said. "Hopefully we'll have him at the right place at the right time."
"I love Charlottesville High School, so being able to be apart of the history books would be really cool, but I wouldn't say that is my ultimate goal," Smith said.
His ultimate goal is to give back to a community that has give him so much in such a short amount of time.
"It's truly been one of the best communities I've ever been apart of," Smith said. "Everyone here is so supportive at meets, at practice. I'm so glad that I joined track I think I've seen that in the broader track community at meets with other teams, but at Charlottesville especially it's been a special community to me."
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