Montverde Academy's Alex Georgiev has quickly become a rising star in the pole vault world, but when you google his name. He is nowhere to be found as the NHL's New York Rangers goalie Alexander Georgiev dominates the top search results instead.
The high school freshmen pole vaulter Georgiev is looking to change that over the coming months and the next four years of high school. Georgiev already owns the Florida state freshmen class record in the pole vault with his current season-best of 15'5" (4.7m) this past weekend at the Tohopekaliga Invitational #2.
At the time, Georgiev's clearance also briefly held the top pole vault ranking in all of Florida regardless of grade before East Lake's Ethan Riley later in the weekend cleared 15'7" at IMG Academy while competing unattached.
Starting out initially as an average distance runner in middle school, the assistant cross country coach at Montverde Academy in David Jones, who also coaches the pole vaulters during the track season, noticed Georgiev doing backflips. He asked George to try the pole vault and it has been a quick rise ever since.
Only one other freshmen vaulter in the nation has cleared over 15 feet so far this spring with Georgiev having a five-foot season-best clearance buffer over the next best among his grade. If he continues to develop, Georgiev will not only be competing for state titles instantly in the 2A classification this May at the FHSAA Outdoor Finals, but could be competing for national titles and All-American honors consistently someday as well.
Here is to hoping this article will be the first of many to start populating under the google search results for Alex Georgiev.