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Gary Wolff
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2000 Individual Award Winner


The Centralia High School athlete wanted only to soar with the eagles. Without a doubt, he could have been an outstanding athlete in many sports, but he dreamed and worked to be the best in the pole vault.

His dream came true in 1960 as he captured the state high school pole vault championship with a record vault of 13’ 1/2”. 

Wolff also became Big Ten pole vault champion while at the University of Illinois with a vault of 15’ 2”.

While these marks may pale in comparison to today’s records, one must remember, the equipment was nothing like today’s gear and most vaulters were falling into sawdust, not balloons.



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