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Pole vaulter Brock Hottel set school record in first collegiate meet after years of training with father

Pole vaulter Brock Hottel set school record in first collegiate meet after years of training with father

Pole vaulter Brock Hottel set school record in first collegiate meet after years of training with father
February 07
00:14 2019

At a track meet in the seventh grade, Brock Hottel watched fellow competitors his age attempt pole vault, an event where an individual launches oneself into the air with a pole to try and clear a certain height. After watching the event, Hottel went over to his dad and said, “I want to do that.”

From that moment, Terry Hottel – who pole vaulted at Oklahoma in college – would become his son’s coach for the next six years and watch him exceed expectations in his first collegiate indoor season.

On Jan. 12 in Manhattan, Kansas, Hottel set the North Texas school record in the pole vault after clearing 5.20 meters (17 feet) in his first ever collegiate meet. Hottel went on to win the pole vaulting contest that weekend.

Kinesiology freshman, Brock Hottel, runs down the track in preparation to vault himself in the air. Hottel vaulted a program-best 5.20 meters (17 ft) in his first collegiate meet. Image by: Adriance Rhoades.

“I was just wanting to clear a good height around 16 feet and 6 inches for my first indoor track meet,” Hottel said. “At Kansas State, I was jumping really well, and people were telling me I might have a chance to break the school record.”

Hottel grew up in Purcell, Oklahoma, a small town about 10 miles south of Norman, Oklahoma with a population of 6,436.

While growing up in a small town, Hottel learned the importance of selflessness and teamwork. Sophomore sprinter Lauryn McCollum said Hottel puts a smile on his face and brings great enthusiasm and energy every day.

“[Brock] is a really cool guy and very humble,” McCollum said. “He’s so personable. When you meet a lot of great athletes, a lot of them want to talk about their accomplishments. Not Brock. It’s impressive to me how he is not all about himself.”

Kinesiology freshman, Brock Hottel, practices pole vaulting at Fouts Field. Hottel is from a small town in Oklahoma called Purcell. Image by: Adriance Rhoades.

Head track and field coach Carl Sheffield said he knew Hottel’s talent would propel him to a collegiate victory. However, Sheffield did not know Hottel would perform this well so fast.

“We knew he was a great jumper coming out of high school,” Sheffield said. “We just didn’t think it would be that well that soon. Now, we have to learn how to stay consistent and improve from track meet to track meet.”

Sheffield  mentioned how well Hottel has adapted to the collegiate training of track and field. The Mean Green have been in training for five months already, while a high school track season only lasts around three months.

“I was excited for him because college training during your first year is tough,” Sheffield said.  “The grind is real so for him to get through that and have a huge competition in his first meet was awesome.”

Hottel was an accomplished pole vaulter coming out of high school. He won the 2018 3A state championship and had already vaulted over 17 feet. Instead of choosing a Power 5 school or going to his dad’s alma mater, Hottel decided the Mean Green culture fit him best.

“I always thought I would go to [Oklahoma] and carry out the family tradition, but some stuff happened with them and I explored all my options again,” Hottel said. “North Texas offered me a place on the team and I love this school. I don’t think I could’ve made a better decision than North Texas.”

When asked if he would transfer if a Power 5 school was interested in him later in his collegiate career, Hottel became adamant that North Texas was the place for him.

“If I would’ve gone to a big school, I feel like I wouldn’t have gotten the amount of attention in practices I am receiving here,” Hottel said. “Coach Mackel gives me a lot of advice one-on-one and is a very technical coach. I really found a hidden gem here at North Texas.”

Featured Image: Kinesiology freshman, Brock Hottel, vaults himself in the air at practice. Hottel broke the school record in a Kansas State indoor meet earlier this month. Image by: Adriance Rhoades. 

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  1. Me
    Me February 07, 20:26

    I JUST GIVE GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST FOR MY GRANSON’S TALENT, THEN TO HIS DAD WHO HAS BEEN RELENTLESS IN GIVING BROCK THE ULTIMATE TRAINING WHICH HAS SET HIM WHERE HE IS NOW. IAM SO THANKFUL THAT BROCK IS WHERE HE IS COMFORTABLE AN CONTINUING HIS EDUCATION WITH A WONDERFUL CHANCE TO FULFILL HIS WHAT HE LOVES TO DO AND THAT IS GO HIGHER AN HIGHER.

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