Track and field: Monarch’s Max Manson sets personal best at New Balance National Championships

While a majority of local track athletes have been waiting around for the snow to melt away from their competitive surfaces around Colorado, Monarch’s Max Manson has been busy setting records — personal ones, at least.

Manson, who broke a Colorado all-classification pole vault record at last spring’s state meet at Jefferson County Stadium when he went 17 feet, 3.5 inches, bested that mark by two full inches at the New Balance High School Indoor Nationals in New York City this past weekend.

The mark of 17-5.5 was good enough, by far, to earn him the gold medal at the event and was made all the more special as his father, Pat, was able to make the presentation.

Pat Manson had competed in the event more than 30 years ago, successfully vaulting 17-4 (his Colorado state meet record that stood until last season was 17-3).

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