Athletics: Hillsborough’s O’Sullivan equals Group 4 pole vault record; brother takes the money

It’s safe to say the O’Sullivan family had a pretty good day at the Group 4 Championships this Saturday.

Hillsborough senior Kevin O’Sullivan set a new school record and equaled the group meet record by going 16-0 in the pole vault, while brother junior Brian O’Sullivan took second place at Group 4 Championships in Franklin.

The brothers were introduced to athletics by their father, a former pole vaulter himself, when Kevin was in eighth grade and Brian in seventh grade. As much as the two like to go head-to-head, they also support each other a lot. Being able to step one and two onto the podium while reserving places in the Meet of Champions was the icing on the cake for the two brothers.

“We always help each other and we always push each other,” Brian said. And this competition between the two of us always helps us succeed.

Along with breaking team and personal records and tying the group record, Kevin’s impressive 16-0 mark puts him ahead of the pack in NJ competition this season. Kevin says he’s had his eye on 16-0 year-to-date.

“I came in at 13-6 and made it all the way up to 15-6 and I knew I had 16 in me,” Kevin said. “I have been working (to reach 16-0) for a while. I had 15-6 a month ago, and I knew I had it in me, and I got it today. That was the goal I set myself at the start of the season and I’ve been working on it ever since.

Next weekend, the two will try to make it 16-0 when the champions meet. Brian topped the indoor sections this winter with a 16-0.25 jump

“(Winning Group 4) makes me really confident that I can get 16 again,” Kevin said. “I just have to keep everything the same and be on the same poles. I’ll keep working hard in training this week, and I think I’ll be able to put it all together.

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