Tunkhannock Area junior Dalton Yeust claimed his second straight pole vaulting district gold on Thursday in the PIAA District 2 Class 3A Championship. His height of 14-feet beat all the other competitors, as well as his last district score by a foot, sending him to the state competition at Shippensburg this weekend. In recognition of his achievement, Yeust has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Junior, 17, Tunkhannock
Family: Mom Sheryl Gardner, dad Clayton Yeust, brother Briar (6)
Do you have any pets? No, but we have chickens.
Events: Usually only the pole vault, but if coach needs me, I fill in wherever I can to help the team get points.
Three reasons why you compete: I like the sports platform, I am competitive in everything I do, even in gym classes, I like to make my family proud and be successful, and finally I enjoy it- it is my life. I want to pole vault as long as I can.
Athlete you admire: Mondo Duplantis, a Swedish-American pole vaulter.
Three people you’d like to have dinner with, dead or alive: Sergey Bubka, Anne Hathaway, and Robert Downey Jr.
Who inspires you to be better? Collectively, my family and also Tim St. Lawrence, my pole vaulting coach from New York.
Favorite school subject: English
Favorite Movie: “10 Things I Hate About You”
Favorite Sports Movie: “The Replacements”
Favorite Social Media App: Instagram
Favorite Food: Any pasta, especially chicken alfredo
What is the best place for post game food? My mom’s for dinner, her spaghetti and meatballs are the best.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to? Juice WRLD
What would be your team anthem? “Country Roads”
Superstitions or rituals: I talk to myself before I start, hype myself up, I tell myself this is what it is all for right here, I get in the right mind set. I also say a prayer thanking God for another opportunity to compete.
When did you start your sport competitively? Eighth grade
Favorite field to compete on and why? Home field, It is the best, we always have the biggest crowd, and my family and teammates are all there to cheer us on.
What is your favorite pole vaulting memory? Winning districts last year.
What is your dream job? To be a college track coach, sharing my knowledge of the sport
What is the coolest place you have ever traveled to? Malaga, Spain
Who are your closest teammates? My Guy Gang
How would you describe Coach White in one word? Funny
How would he describe you? Goofball
What sports quote or motto do you try to live by? “Do simple things really well”
What skill would you like to master? Pottery
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Travel- get outside of the country
Would you say you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert? 100 percent an extrovert, I go out of my way sometimes, I’m a loudmouth.
Random fun fact about you: I have a pole vault pit and runway in my backyard.
Post-graduation plans: I want to go to college to compete in pole vaulting, and I want to travel and study abroad.
Who is going to Shippensburg with you? My mom, brother, and dad, as well as teammate Matt Prebola who won the gold in javelin, Coach Prebola and
Coach White. Hopefully some extended family can get