A pole vaulter at the Olympics wanted to send a 5m pole home by postal mail. However, he was told at the Post Office that the maximum height, width or depth of a package was 4m. At first he was disappointed, but he soon discovered a simple solution that would allow him to send the pole, without changing the pole in any way, and still meeting the Post Office’s requirements. How?
Patriot Pole Vault Club seeks to cure all that ails this rarefied sport and coach Doug is at the center of it. The club provides lots of opportunities for kids from all over New England to train, use proper equipment, and compete.”
Location: Westborough, MA – Westborough High School’s track is the home to the majority of our outdoor practices, as well as our summer USATF-sanctioned Vaultarama Series competitions. Ludlow High School (Western Mass. Practice Site); Shirley, MA – 360 Gymnastics is an indoor practice facility located across from Fort Devens in Shirley, MA; Shrewsbury, MA – Hit Quarters is an indoor practice facility; North Andover, MA – North Andover High School has a beautiful field house which also has a built-in box.
Pole Vault (Men)
1 Crogan, Ben Wis.-Milwaukee 16′ 8.75″
2 Vetesnik, Garrett Wis.-Milwaukee 16′ 0.75″ 4.90m
3 Kamm, Nate Illinois-Chicago 15′ 7.25″ 4.76m
3 Simon, Dan Wis.-Milwaukee 15′ 7.25″ 4.76m
5 Copley, Johny Youngstown St. 15′ 5.5″ 4.71m
6 Kubik, Matt Illinois-Chicago 14′ 9″ 4.50m
7 Gowdy, Zach Wis.-Milwaukee 14′ 7.25″ 4.45m
8 Bialik, Joseph Youngstown St. 14′ 5.5″ 4.41m
9 Feuk, Drew Wis.-Milwaukee 13′ 11.25″ 4.25m
10 Rosete, Andrew Illinois-Chicago 13′ 1.5″ 4.00m
11 Carey, Sean Valparaiso 12′ 9.5″ 3.90m
12 Parker, Luke Wis.-Milwaukee 12′ 8″ 3.86m
13 Hennrick, Taylor Detroit Mercy 10′ 8.25″ 3.26m
14 Febus, Clay Youngstown St. 10′ 0.5″ 3.06m
15 Donald, Anthony Detroit Mercy 9′ 8.5″ 2.96m
Pole Vault (Women)
Schuh, Kellie Illinois-Chicago 12′ 5.5″ 3.80m
Finer, Sarah Wis.-Milwaukee 11′ 5.75″ 3.50m
Fisher, Courtney Wis.-Milwaukee 11′ 5.75″ 3.50m
McConville, Chantel Wis.-Milwaukee 11′ 4.25″ 3.46m
Laidlaw, Stephanie Illinois-Chicago 11′ 1.75″ 3.40m
Freeman, Kelly Valparaiso 10′ 8″ 3.25m
Hartzell, Erin Wright State 10′ 6″ 3.20m
Berry, Jessica Wright State 10′ 4″ 3.15m
Wallace, Katie Illinois-Chicago 9′ 6.25″ 2.90m
Zauner, Kayla Detroit Mercy 9′ 6.25″ 2.90m
Ligore, Karlie Youngstown St. 9′ 0.25″ 2.75m
Betker, Monica Detroit Mercy 8′ 10.25″ 2.70m
Reuters Health) – High schoolers who get into the sport of pole vaulting commonly suffer injuries, with rates similar to those of contact sports, researchers have found.
While pole vaulting has traditionally gotten little attention outside the Olympics, the sport has become increasingly popular in the past several years. And the number of U.S. high school athletes in the sport is at an all-time high.
Their injury rates, however, are largely unknown.
In the new study, researchers followed 140 Wisconsin high school pole vaulters over two seasons to chart the rate and severity of injuries.
They found that the injury rate was 26 injuries per 100 athletes each season — on par with those seen in high school wrestling and football.