When Liam Dixon started his track & field career as a middle schooler, he never expected that he would become a pole vaulter; his school didn't even have the pole vault. When he graduated up to Mooresville High School, however, he saw an opportunity to try a new event and went for it. He enjoyed the challenging event from the start and decided to stick with it. The persistence paid off, too, as he excelled far past the 10' standards that he started at, all the way to 15' 7.75" earlier this season. He won his regional meet two weeks ago, but was unable to compete at this past weekend's state championships. He wanted to clear 5 meters by the end of his high school career, and he plans to jump at New Balance Nationals in June to hopefully grab that mark.