Texas A&M track and field coach Pat Henry said this week that the season — which began in December — doesn’t really begin until the conference championship. Well, championship time is here. A&M’s final run in the Big 12 Indoor Championships got off to a stirring start Friday at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium as the Aggies set themselves up to continue their reign atop the conference. In the women’s field events, A&M’s Laura Asimakis earned one of the day’s loudest ovations when she cleared 13 feet, 11.25 inches in the pole vault.
Men Pole Vault
1 Wallace, Maston SR Texas 5.40m 17-08.50
2 Meyers, Kyal SO Texas Tech 5.30m 17-04.50
3 Bishop, Alex SO Kansas 5.15m 16-10.75
4 Lupton, Greg FR Kansas 5.00m 16-04.75
4 Thomas, Mark SO Texas 5.00m 16-04.75
6 Wait, Kyle SO KS State J5.00m 16-04.75
7 Gilbert, Regan FR Kansas 4.85m 15-11.00
On Friday, Needville High School senior Shelby Poncik smashed the pole vault record at the SoHo Classic IX in Pasadena, Texas, vaulting 12 feet and 2 inches-besting the previous record by 14 inches.
Ms. Poncik, a senior at Needville High School opened with an effortless 10-foot 6-inch vault, followed by followed by successive vaults of 11-feet, 11-feet 6 inches, and 12-feet, all leading to her personal record (PR) and record-breaking vault at 12 feet 2 inches (12′ 2″).
Poncik’s closest girls competitor managed a vault of 9 feet 6 inches. Her vault would have beaten the 1st place boys competitor who managed a vault of 12-feet.
Currently, Ms. Poncik’s record vault places her in #1 spots in Texas and throughout the United States for the 2012 outdoor season.
Shelby will continue her vaulting career in college. She inked a letter of intent on National Signing Day committing to Texas Tech
Women Pole Vault
1 Jocelyn Kuksa SR Grand Valley 3.95mM 12-11.50
2 Kristen Hixson SO Grand Valley 3.80mP 12-05.50
2 Jaime Roberts SO Northern Mic 3.80mP 12-05.50
4 Chelsea Wackernagel SR Hillsdale 3.80mP 12-05.50
5 Kayla Caldwell JR Hillsdale 3.65mP 11-11.75
5 Elizabeth Wilford SR Saginaw Vall 3.65mP 11-11.75
7 Jacqueline Williams FR Grand Valley 3.50mP 11-05.75
8 Jennifer Foster FR Ashland 3.35m 10-11.75
9 Amy Reynolds JR Grand Valley 3.35m 10-11.75
Men Pole Vault
1 Nickles, Heath Ohio State 5.32m 17-05.50 10
2 Szmanda, Jack Minnesota J5.32m 17-05.50 8
3 Polacek, Nate Nebraska 5.22m 17-01.50 6
4 Greenlee, Jack Michigan J5.22m 17-01.50 5
5 DeFilippo, Mickey Wisconsin J5.22m 17-01.50 4
6 Erickson, Mitch Purdue 5.12m 16-09.50 3
7 Mattix, Codi Michigan State J5.12m 16-09.50 2
8 Marshall, Cody Ohio State J5.12m 16-09.50 1
9 DeWildt, Austin Michigan 5.02m 16-05.50
NAMPA, Idaho – Utah State track and field seniors Sonia Grabowska, Joe Canavan and Daniel Howelleach won an event title for Utah State on Friday, day two of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho.
Grabowska cleared 3.83m (12-06.75) to win her second-straight indoor pole vaulting title, while Canavan threw a season-best 17.25m (56-07.25) to capture his second shot put title as he also won the event in 2010. Howell won his first 5,000m indoor title with a time of 14:34.45 and will try to defend his 3,000m title from 2011 Saturday, the final day of the WAC Indoor Championships.
Women Pole Vault
1 185 Grabowska, Sonia SR Utah State 4.11m 3.83m 12-06.75 10
2 200 Thompson, Amber JR Utah State 3.80m 3.73m 12-02.75 8
3 32 Kohashi, Camie JR Hawaii 3.55m J3.73m 12-02.75 6
4 198 St. Jeor, Rachelle SO Utah State 3.66m J3.73m 12-02.75 5
5 25 Durocher, Cecilia SO Hawaii 3.82m 3.58m 11-09.00 4
BOSTON, Mass.-Behind a first place jump of 5.11 meters in the pole vault from senior captain Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.), the Huskies sit in first place with 29 points at the conclusion of day one at the New England Championships. The 5.11m leap is a new meet record.
Men Pole Vault
1 Duggan, Kyle Connecticut 5.11m# 16-09.25 10
2 Alexander, Matt Connecticut 4.90m 16-00.75 7
2 Peterson, Nathan MIT 4.90m 16-00.75 7
4 Laskoski, Nelson So. Conn. St 4.75m 15-07.00 5
5 Bartlett, Jonathan Rhode Island J4.75m 15-07.00 3.50
5 Nakanishi, Brad Tufts J4.75m 15-07.00 3.50
7 Strawderman, James Rhode Island J4.75m 15-07.00 2
8 Gauger, Thomas Westfield St 4.60m 15-01.00 1
9 Hinojosa, Johnny Ray Williams J4.60m 15-01.00
10 Polis, Scott Sacred Heart J4.60m 15-01.00
10 Blades, Justin Connecticut J4.60m 15-01.00
12 Morette, Kyle WPI 4.45m 14-07.25
13 Burandt, Jordan Rhode Island J4.45m 14-07.25
14 Farmakidis, Nikolaos Boston U. J4.45m 14-07.25
15 Rothaus, Trevor Tufts J4.45m 14-07.25
16 Copeland, Gregory Umass Amhers J4.30m 14-01.25
16 Goldstein, Sam Bates J4.30m 14-01.25
Montana State opened up the first day of the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships with several impressive performances. The Bobcat men sit in second place with 20 points after day one. Meet host Northern Arizona is currently in first with 37 points. The women are in fourth with 26 points, as 2011 champion Sacramento State leads the field.
Men Pole Vault
1 Arnold, Michael Idaho State 5.30m 17-04.50
2 Mohl, Jeff Montana State 5.00m 16-04.75
3 Stearns, Nick Eastern Washington 4.85m 15-11.00
4 Webber, Keith Montana 4.70m 15-05.00
4 Horlick, Kaleb Montana 4.70m 15-05.00
New Jersey –Rob Heebner has been pole vaulting for four years at Montgomery High School, but that is it, and that is what makes him a unique qualifier for the Meet of Champions.
Most high school pole vaulters go to outside training facilities and work year-round at the technical event. Heebner does not.
”He’s a very good athlete,” said MHS boys coach Zoran Milich. “I’m sure he’d probably be a 13-6 footer if he did go year-round.”
Heebner is fine with how he’s developed through the years. He has steadily progressed each year, from opening at 8-feet in January of his sophomore winter to 9-feet by the end of that season, to 10-feet by the spring and then 12-feet last winter. He’s come back better each season even though jumping in the indoor season can be tough after a long break.
”It was a rough beginning having six months off between spring and winter,” Heebner said. “After a couple meets, I got back in the rhythm of things and it came back together.
”It was about two or three meets before I was getting back to the heights I was getting toward the end of spring last year. We had one at the Bubble and one at the Armory. After that it fell into place.”
Texas State junior Logan Cunningham, who recently cleared the second best height among NCAA pole vaulters this season, finished second at the Southland Conference Indoor meet on Friday in Norman, Okla.
Cunningham, who cleared 5.51 meters (18 feet, 1 inch) at the Tyson Invitational earlier this month, cleared 5.35 meters (17-6½) at the SLC meet. UT-Arlington’s Jeff Rodriguez also cleared 5.35 meters, but edged Cunningham for the title on a tiebreaker.
Earlier this season, Cunningham first broke the 20-year-old school record in the event by clearning 5.45 meters (17-10½) in another meet. He entered the SLC meet ranked first in the South Central Region.
Southland Conference Indoor Championships results
1 Jeff Rodriguez JR Texas-Arlington 5.35m 17-06.50 10
2 Logan Cunningham JR Texas State 5.35m 17-06.50 8
Sedona. Arizona –The Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team is just over a week away from beginning the 2012 season, and the Scorpions are looking to go all the way this spring.
“The girls can be exceptional if everything goes our way, like staying healthy. I believe they are one of the top three teams in the state right now,” longtime Sedona Head Coach Harry Schneider said. sophomore Jade West looks to break the school record in the pole vault this season. Other top returners include juniors Keenan Crans and Walker Eaton in the pole vault
#1 Men 60 Meter Dash Heptathlon
1 Harris, Derrick Cal St. Nort 6.95 3 900
2 Toban, Donovan Cal St. Nort 7.01 4 879
3 Fellows, Alec Oregon 7.08 2 854
4 McGovern, Chris Arizona 7.16 4 826
5 Keys, Dakotah Oregon 7.17 2 823
6 Ivie, Harrison Arizona 7.23 4 802
7 Bolligar, Michael Wash State 7.24 2 799
8 Coles, Idarre California 7.25 5 796
9 Prince, Austin AZ State 7.26 1 792
10 Finley, Kevin Cal St. Nort 7.29 3 782
11 Taylor, Eddie Colorado 7.30 5 779
12 Demirjian, Garrett Long Beach S 7.30 5 779
13 Weirich, Joshua BYU 7.33 5 769
14 Nielsen, Kevin BYU 7.33 1 769
15 Giovannoni, Dominic UCLA 7.35 1 762
16 Sandys, Jamie AZ State 7.36 2 759
17 Nilsson, Marcus UCLA 7.37 4 755
18 Cooke, Keegan Arizona 7.37 3 755
Arizona State’s men’s and women’s indoor track teams lead after day one fo the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships. Dempsey Indoor, Seattle WA
Men Pole Vault
1 Woepse, Michael UCLA 5.50m 5.38m 17-07.75 10
2 Wallace, Tyler Long Beach S 5.10m 5.23m 17-01.75 8
4 Juilfs, JJ Washington 5.36m J5.23m 17-01.75 5.50
4 Weirich, Victor BYU 5.50m J5.23m 17-01.75 5.50
5 Bringhurst, Brayden BYU 5.10m 5.08m 16-08.00 3.50
5 Hinch, Derick AZ State 5.17m 5.08m 16-08.00 3.50
7 Marcinko, Jeremy AZ State 4.96m J5.08m 16-08.00 2
8 Duvio, Dalton Stanford 4.86m J5.08m 16-08.00 1
9 Fegles, Robby Washington 5.23m J5.08m 16-08.00
10 Dysick, Corey Stanford 5.15m 4.93m 16-02.00
10 Sakioka, Mark UCLA 4.95m 4.93m 16-02.00
10 Ouderkirk, Austin Oregon 4.92m 4.93m 16-02.00
10 Brown, Tyler BYU 4.90m 4.93m 16-02.00
10 Austin, Dylan AZ State 4.95m 4.93m 16-02.00
15 Cook, Scott UCLA 4.95m 4.78m 15-08.25
15 Brenteson, John Wash State 4.92m 4.78m 15-08.25
15 Barr, Evan California 4.62m 4.78m 15-08.25
18 Woodard, Tyler Cal St. Nort 4.60m 4.63m 15-02.25
18 Schroder, Joshua Cal St. Nort 4.65m 4.63m 15-02.25
– Prince, Austin AZ State 5.10m NH
– Baertlein, Jake Wash State 4.92m NH
– Brown, Dusty Cal St. Nort 4.60m NH
– Hierholzer, Brandon Long Beach S 4.90m NH
– Kraft, Cory AZ State 4.92m NH
Moscow, Russia – 32 golden medals were at stake at the Russian Indoor Nationals held in the Vladimir Kutz Moscow Sport Arena from the 22 – 24 February 2012And again two bronze medals were required in the women’s Pole Vault. Ludmila Yeruemina and Angela Sidorova both cleared 4.32m. It was Anastasiya Savchenko who took her first national title with an encouraging 4.52. Aleksandra Kiryashova was second in 4.42
As expected Dmitriy Starodubtzev took the title in men’s Pole Vault. He cleared 5.90m in January but this time 5.72m was enough for success. Sergei Kucherianu received his silver thanks to a jump of 5.57m. Two bronze medals were also required as Igor Pavlov and Anton Ivakin both cleared 5.47.