February 9–2012–Great Day for vaulting and the numbers were down to 10. We had a good time and accomplished some goals. Framarz: Saw improvement on your last few steps. Saw major improvement on the rock back/swing. Still some work to do but you are closing in on that 13 with your knees. Nice. Jeff: Have patience your swing is coming along. We have to break old habits. Still love your fast run and you started moving up the pole and flying a lot higher. Tyler Lapier: That poor hand of yours. You had a great run or you had a great rock back. You have all the tools if that hand didn’t hurt so much. Hope it gets better because your vault is looking super. Tyler Cone: Love that run and plant now. You are really working the pole at the plant. Obvious that you have worked on in. Now get that confidence going. Just take it back and you will see that 13-3 come easily. I am impressed with how your form has come along. Davey: You have all the ingredients to be the best vaulter Greenway has ever had. Today was a rough practice. You just weren’t thinking at times. But it ended up just fine with you rocking back and clearing 8. Need to work on those rock back drills and keep up the speed and plant early and up high. Flagstaff will be a good meet for you. Austin Wow were you getting high. Need to learn the turn and you are going to quickly sail over 10 feet and above. Great run and plant now. Josh: Continue reading
Rank Athlete School Division (Rank) Pos. 2012 NCAA Best Meet
1 Aaric MILLIGAN SO Otterbein NCAA D‐III (56) K 4.42m 14‐6 1/28/12 OAC Split South
2 Robert GUNDERSON SO Minnesota State NCAA D‐II (70) DB 4.36m 14‐3½ 2/4/12 Ted Nelson Classic
3 Jordan SOTEROS SO Carleton NCAA D‐III (75) DB 4.30m 14‐1¼ 1/21/12 St. Olaf Tri
4 Kyle NOVACK FR Ripon NCAA D‐III (91) QB 4.27m 14‐0 1/27/12 UW Oshkosh Titan Open
5 Anthony BRIDGES SO Cornell College NCAA D‐III (100) K 4.25m 13‐11¼ 2/4/12 2012 Hilltop Invite
5 Nathan HANCOCK FR Minnesota State NCAA D‐II (90) DB 4.25m 13‐11¼ 1/27/12 MSU Mankato Open
7 Richard ROETHEL JR Christopher Newport NCAA D‐III (116) WR 4.20m 13‐9¼ 1/20/12 Captain’s Invitational/Multis
8 Jeffrey DUBOSE SO Gustavus Adolphus NCAA D‐III (164) RB 4.06m 13‐3¾ 2/4/12 Ted Nelson Classic
9 Ted COX JR Capital NCAA D‐III (230) DB 3.86m 12‐8 2/3/12 Cedarville Collegiate Invitational
10 Jake NICHOLS SR McDaniel NCAA D‐III (243) K 3.84m 12‐7¼ 12/10/11 Dickinson Holiday Invitational
INDIANAPOLIS – Jenn Suhr has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an indoor American record in the pole vault of 4.88m/16-0 to win the event at Saturday’s New Balance Grand Prix in Boston.
After failing to clear a height in the women’s pole vault last weekend at the U.S. Open, Suhr returned to the second stop on USATF’s Indoor Visa Championship Series in Boston with avengence. On her very first jump of the competition, Suhr soared over the 16-foot high bar to improve her previous American record of 4.86m/15-11.25, which she set last year at the USA Indoor Championships
Germany has a glorious pole vaulting tradition and one of the proud flag bearers of that golden culture is multiple European and world medallist Tim Lobinger.
The 40-year-old has excelled at the highest level for over two decades. His list of achievements includes medals at three consecutive editions of the European Athletics Championships – Budapest 1998, Munich 2002 and Gothenburg 2006, among a host of other accolades.
After missing out on a medal at Barcelona 2010, the legendary German is on a quest to secure a ticket for the 2012 edition of the championships in Helsinki this summer.
Given the number of pole vaulting talents that Germany possesses, he is well aware of the stiff competition that he will face within his country to claim tickets for Helsinki 2012. Continue reading
Poland’s top indoor meeting, the field events-only Pedro’s Cup in Bydgoszcz, saw victories for the Polish pair of pole vaulter Lukasz Michalski, shot putter Tomasz Majewski and Russia’s pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva on Wednesday.
Michalski, fourth at last summer’s World Championships, came out on top of the men’s pole vault at the European Athletics Indoor Permit Meeting when he equalled his indoor personal best of 5.72m in Bydgoszcz’s Lucznicka Hall.
There were still four men in the competition at that height but Michalski was the only one to go clear, getting over on his third attempt, before having three failures at 5.80m.
Czech Republic’s Jan Kudlička and Great Britain’s Steve Lewis shared second place with both men having no failures up to and including 5.60m, which equalled Kudlička’s personal best. Continue reading
Team sports never really cut it for Jack Whitt. He always wanted to have complete control of his success.
“A lot of people can say they play basketball, baseball, but not a lot of people can say they pole vault.” Whitt explained, catching up with me after practice.
It’s safe to say he has that control. His fourth straight win over the weekend has vaulted (no pun intended) Whitt towards the top of the national rankings. Continue reading
BY JEREMY HOECK
VERMILLION — Call it the Derek Miles Influence.
Miles, a two-time Olympian, is an assistant coach for the University of South Dakota track program, and has played a key role in attracting high-profile pole vault recruits to Vermillion.
First it was Bethany Buell of St. Louis, Mo. Since coming to USD in 2009, the junior has won three conference titles and qualified for the NCAA National Championships last year.
Next came Emily Grove (Pontiac, Ill.) and Kaitlin Petrillose (Austin, Texas), who were both top-5 ranked vaulters in high school. Continue reading
Pole vault champ faces confidence crisis
Reigning Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker says he’s lost his confidence six months out from the London Games and won’t be competing in the remainder of the domestic season.
He is set to miss next month’s Australian Olympic selection trials in Melbourne as well as this weekend’s Perth Track Classic.
The Australian athletic team’s national captain blames his predicament on the knee injury that caused him problems in 2011. Continue reading
FORMER American pole vault champion Mark Hollis admits the lack of the sport’s marquee man Steve Hooker will be a mark of disappointment on his Perth Track Classic campaign this Saturday.
Hooker has been embroiled in a major confidence battle since failing to clear a height in his world title defence in Daegu, South Korea last year.
The reigning Olympic champion managed only a 5.00m clearance in Adelaide a fortnight ago – a long way off his best of 6.06m – and earlier this week withdrew from his home Perth meet on Saturday, electing to sit out the whole Australian domestic season.
Hollis, a former indoor and outdoor US title holder, said Hooker would be greatly missed. Continue reading
INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation has presented Elite Athlete Development Grants to twenty athletes, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today. “It’s crunch time for these extraordinary young men and women athletes,” said Jack Wickens, Foundation Board member and leader of the elite athlete programs. “In less than 5 months they will try to earn one of the precious spots on the USA Olympic team.” Athletes receiving $3500 grants include Becky Holliday (pole vault), Mark Hollis (pole vault), Melinda Owen (pole vault), Jacob Pauli (pole vault), Mary Saxer (pole vault).
FRISCO, Texas – UT Arlington junior Jeff Rodriguez has been named the Southland Conference men’s track and field athlete of the week, while McNeese State junior La’Shantena Rounds was named the conference’s women’s track and field athlete of the week, the league office announced Wednesday.
Rodriguez, a Fort Worth, Texas (Fossil Ridge H.S.), native, set a school record in the pole vault, clearing 17-feet, 5 1/2 inches at the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan. Rodriquez took first place in the event by more than a foot and has now won three of four events this season.
NEW YORK CITY — Junior Taylor Reed broke his UTSA pole vault record for the second consecutive meet on Saturday to lead a parade of strong performances by the Roadrunners on the final day of competition at the New Balance Invitational.
Reed added two inches to his program standard after clearing 16-8 ¾ (5.10m) in a runner-up finish in the college section of his speciality event. The Tyler native, who has finished no worse than third in any of his four outings this season, now stands second on the Southland Conference leaderboard.
Fred Schmertz Women’s Pole Vault
1 Janson, Lacy Nike (U.S.)
2 Schwartz, Jillian New York AC (Israel)
3 Saxer, Mary New York AC (U.S.)
4 Pena, Tori Ireland
5 Hendry, Kelsie Asics (Canada)
6 Suhr, Jenn adidas (U.S.)
Some of Britain’s leading athletes, including Mark Cavendish and Mo Farah, may collect any London 2012 Olympic medals in bare feet to avoid contractual issues with personal sponsors following a row with the British Olympic Association over marketing rights.
Leading agents of top-line competitors sponsored by footwear giant Nike have told the BOA their athletes would be in breach of contracts if they are forced to wear Team GB’s official ”presentation outfit” which is sponsored by rival Adidas.
They have warned the BOA that athletes might take off their shoes before walking out to the presentation dais.
“There will be chaos if this rule is enforced,” said one agent, who did not want to be named because he believed the offending clause had been taken out. “They are quite happy to wear Adidas tracksuits, but their footwear is almost part of them, it is wrong to tell them they have to change their shoes.” Continue reading
Meet Location: Henderson County,KY
Henderson County Pole Vault Meet – 2/4/2012
Henderson County High School
Event 1 Girls Pole Vault
1 20 Carlisle, Kayla 12 Evansville North 10-06.00
2 21 Blankenberger, Den 12 Evansville Mater 9-06.00
3 4 Doss, Devan 10 Marshall County 8-00.00
4 1 Johnson, Mikayla 11 Owensboro 7-00.00
5 10 Hunt, Sarah 10 Henderson 5-00.00
6 8 Wicker, Bethany 10 Henderson 4-06.00
Event 2 Boys Pole Vault
1 17 Woosley, David 11 Evansville Harri 14-06.00 Continue reading