Pole vaulting mishap didn't stop county's corrections head




While their playing days might be over, the lessons Hancock County’s community leaders learned on the sports fields continue to guide them today. In this week-long series, we look back on the positive effect athletics had on their lives.

GREENFIELD — It’s not often human beings find themselves suspended in the air high above the ground, but that’s exactly what happened to Pat Powers during a track meet at Greenfield-Central High School in the late ‘70s.

Powers, a pole vaulter for the Cougars’ track team, had made his run down the straightway of the pole vault pit. He had properly placed his pole into the pivoting slot and elevated high into the sky on that spring afternoon.

Only Powers hadn’t built up enough speed and momentum before planting the pole, and it was only seconds before he came to a scary realization.

“I was just dangling up there,” recalled Powers, now the Executive Director of Hancock County Community Corrections. “But I knew I was going to fall.”

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