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June 6, 2014

FLYING HIGH

Coming off record-breaking performance, Triton's Stevens sets sights on All-States

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“We have been fortunate enough to have a good number of state champions over the past 13 or 14 years, and every time that happens, it reflects well on our program. It’s a success for our whole program when an individual wins the state title. It’s a great thing for the whole team.”

The Vikings have also benefited from the leadership Stevens brings. He said he prides himself on being the best captain he can be to help bolster a team to the next level while exhibiting a proper way to handle day-to-day focuses.

“I like to lead by example,” he said. “I just work hard in practice, do my best in meets and hope that everyone will follow.”

And while the record book has been a reach for Stevens since beginning the event in 2012, it has also provided a sense of enjoyment for the Triton senior. It’s simply fun. It is no surprise, then, that earning an opportunity to join the UMass Lowell track team is something he’s very excited for.

“It means another four years of having fun in pole vaulting,” he said. “They have a great engineering program, which is why I wanted to go there, but once I started jumping higher in practices and meets, I looked into the team and got on to it.”

Stevens will aim to qualify for New England’s and earn more fun pole vaulting at the high school level tomorrow at Bridgewater State University.

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