Gus Yahner

Name: Gus Yahner

School: Northern Cambria

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Yahner broke a 31-year-old record in the pole vault by clearing 15 feet, 3 inches in the District 6 Class AA Track and Field Championships.

Season update: Yahner had cleared 15-0 1/2 at the Heritage Conference Championships a week before getting 15-3 at districts.

Coach Fred Montanaro’s quote: “I find Gus to be an extremely hard worker. He’s very dilligent about his practice time and he works very hard. He’s very dedicated at trying to hit the 16-foot mark.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Suwinski

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Rocky”

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite music artist: Aerosmith

Outside interests: Cross country, wrestling, hunting, fishing, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State wrestling

Pro athlete most admired: Evgeni Malkin

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: Tyler Olish

Best athlete I ever competed against: Penn Cambria wrestler Evan Link

Most influential person on my athletic career: My father (Rob Yahner), Hayley Paronish and Rob Wahl

Proudest athletic achievement: Jumping 15-3 and breaking the district record

How I got my start in pole vaulting: “I was dragged into it by my friend, Nolan Paronish, in seventh grade.”

Future goal: Graduate from college and become a doctor