He’s improved each year and increased his height more than two feet from what he was leaping as a freshman. Cadwalader attributes that growth to Garcia. “I can’t say enough about coach Nick Garcia,” Cadwalader said. “He’s really trained all of us. “I can’t explain my improvement, other than I go to a lot of camps. I’ve been to Mt. SAC, Cal State Fullerton and some others. My coach has connections with a lot of (track) people, and a place like Mt. SAC, which has a lot of great vaulters … they’ve helped us out. It’s a lot of fun.” It’s also a lot of work, which Cadwalader doesn’t mind because he knows the end justifies the means. He also attributes part of his success to being a wide receiver on the football team. “It helps with my speed, which you need when you go down the runway,” he said. “It takes a lot of practice, because you have to try and remain consistent with all your jumps. “There’s different ways to run in track. This way, you have to stay tall, no matter what. The taller you are, the more likely you will get up and over the bar. There’s a lot of different mechanics and a lot of different things we do to get it down. It’s a lot of hard work.” The payoff comes at the end of the season. Last year, Brown and Cadwalader placed in the top five at the CIF-SS Division IV finals and cleared 12-6. Cadwalader placed third, with Brown tying for fifth. The ties in field events are determined by the number of misses. “I was just very consistent (last year),” Cadwalader said. “I really didn’t have any expectations. I just kept on working and was able to stay very consistent throughout the whole season. “That’s the goal this season, and hopefully it will all work out.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m expecting big things this year. I’m expecting big things from all of us,” said Cadwalader, also referring to fellow St. Paul pole vaulters De Dios and Dusty Brown. “I think we all can go 13 feet, and I want to set a personal record (13-6).” No one is doubting Cadwalader can do it. But there also is no doubt the keys to his success go back to De Dios’ meeting with Garcia in 2005. Cadwalader remembers it vividly. “It’s all because of my good friend Eddie,” he said. “His older brother was a pole vaulter (at St. Paul). He graduated and I came with Eddie during our freshman year to talk to the coach. “The pole vault coach was talking with him about pole vaulting, and I was right there with him, listening. (De Dios) asked me to pole vault with him, and three (seasons) later, here I am. I was vaulting 11 feet my freshman year, so it was definitely something I thought I could do.” SANTA FE SPRINGS – It’s hard to imagine what Ryan Cadwalader would be doing at St. Paul High School if he hadn’t accompanied friend Eddie De Dios two years ago to a meeting with Swordsmen pole vault coach Nick Garcia. The junior most likely wouldn’t be a member of the Swordsmen’s boys track and field team, let alone one of the top pole vaulters in the CIF-Southern Section. But after two years honing his craft, that’s exactly where Cadwalader finds himself. The junior, after a top-five finish at last season’s CIF-SS divisional track and field championships, is expecting bigger and greater things this spring.