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Senior Spotlight: Chiles' Bryce Workman uses lessons learned from pole vaulting to prepare for future

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 16:56:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For Chiles senior Bryce Workman, his athletic career came to an end when the coronavirus pandemic began.

Bryce was a pole vaulter for the Timberwolves and the lessons he learned from the sport he'll take with him forever.

To be a pole vaulter takes a certain degree of mental toughness.

"There's a lot of frustration and a lot of failure," said Workman.

Workman worked through it, increasing his personal record just before the season was cut short.

"It's a little satisfaction," Workman said. "There would have been possibly a state run, or even more reward at the end of it. But it was still fun."

The fun year ended early, but pole vaulting made Workman tougher.

"Yeah," said Workman, "it gives you a lot of patience!"

Workman is built for adversity and he's focused on the future.

"You gotta take the positives out of it as you can," Workman said. "Some things in life don't go your way, but you need to put what really matters first."

And what matters to Workman is family, and what he's gone through this year has made that even more clear.

"It's pretty eye opening," he said. "You just have to improve yourself with what you're given. There's a lot to be learned, there's a lot that I would have learned, but you take what you can."

Workman plans to attend Florida State in the fall and he'll graduate from Chiles with a 4.4 GPA.