ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
It has been three years since Whittier College received the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Week recognition for Men’s Track & Field. On Saturday, Apr. 15, history was made when junior pole vaulter Miguel Redmond broke a 55 year old school record for Men’s Pole Vault, earning the title of Top Pole Vaulter in SCIAC along with SCIAC Athlete of the Week.
According to WCPoets.com, the last time the Poets earned the SCIAC Athlete of the Week for Men’s Track and Field was in 2013. Humbled, Redmond did not realize how great of an achievement this was. “I didn’t really think it would be a big deal until I realized, ‘Oh geez, this is a really big deal’,” said Redmond. “ I’m just going to keep working hard. It didn’t change who I am one bit.”
Redmond now holds the number one spot in the Whittier College Track & Field record books with a new pole vaulting record of 4.51 meters, breaking the original record of 4.47 meters set in 1962 by Billy Colbert that reigned for over half a century. “It seems pretty unreal. I beat a fifty-five-year-old record, and that is a pretty big accomplishment for me,” said Redmond. “I couldn’t have done it without all the support of my coaches, my mentors, and my family, too. They helped me stay on track and kept me focused and determined.”
Redmond transferred from Gavilan College after his first year, starting school at Whittier College when he was a sophomore. It was at Whittier College that Redmond found the event that he enjoyed. “I was pole vault 100m, 400m x 1, and 400m x 4,” said Redmond. From then on, he worked hard non-stop to become the outstanding athlete he is today. “My practice schedule is basically Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. weightlifting,” said Redmond. “All the work is in practice. When I’m not practicing on the track or on the field, I’m in the weight room trying to better myself.”
On top of training for his sport, Redmond has to balance both his classes and assignments. Like most athletes here at Whittier College, Redmond believes it is great to be engaged not only athletically, but in the classroom as well, “It’s been challenging. On top of classes, there isn’t really a day off for me. My priorities are class, sports, and homework. The usual. The teachers want you to do good [inside and outside the classroom]. Right now I’m doing pretty well. I have As and Bs in my classes, but it’s hard because you can’t take a day off of class or work.”
Unlike most athletes, Redmond doesn’t have any good luck rituals he does before a meet. He says, “I just jump. I just go for it, you know? I don’t think about it.” Redmond’s hard work as an athlete has lead him to achieve many things, and there is no doubt in his mind that he will once again succeed in Pole Vault during his final year as a Poet. “I’m a junior now, so I have one more year to do something great.”