ORLANDO, Fla. – Three Virginia Tech All-Americans, freshman Martina Schultze (pole vault), redshirt senior Hunter Hall (pole vault) and senior Hasheem Halim (long jump), all earned wins as the Hokie men’s and women’s track & field teams competed on day one of the University of Central Florida Invitational at the UCF Track & Field Complex Friday.Schultze and fellow freshman All-American Victoria von Eynatten each set the UCF facility record in the women’s pole vault as both women cleared 13 feet, five and a quarter inches (4.10m). Schultze earned the win on misses as she had first attempt makes at her first four heights. von Eynatten earned runner-up honors and the performances moved the tandem into a tie for second on Tech’s all-time list. Also in the women’s pole vault, redshirt sophomore Leigh Allin tied for ninth at 11-11.75 (3.65m).Hall had a strong start to his outdoor season as he won the men’s pole vault with a solid early season mark of 17-4.5 (5.30m). Entering the weekend, Hall’s mark of 5.30m ranks second in the country and first in the NCAA East Region. Fellow redshirt senior All-American Joe Davis was sixth at 16-2.75 (4.95m), while freshman Chris Uhle (eighth) and senior Mike Miller (ninth) each posted a best vault of 15-9 (4.80m
UCF: Orlando, Fl
Women Pole Vault
1 Schultze, Martina FR Virginia Tec 4.31m 4.10m 13-05.25
2 von Eynatten, Vict FR Virginia Tec 4.37m 4.10m 13-05.25
3 Gasparino, Christy SO Clemson 4.01m 4.10m 13-05.25
Six states will come together to compete in the 72nd Annual Chandler Rotary Invitational this weekend. Included among the commited teams are 88 teams from Arizona, Long Beach Poly from California, 5 teams from Colorado (Classical Academy, Lewis Palmer, Nederland, Silver Creek and Telluride), 3 teams from New Mexico (Albuquerque Academy, Bosque and Rio Rancho), 2 teams from Idaho (Twin City and Vallivue) and Montwood from Texas. Also making their way south is Vinent Massey Collegiatefrom Manitoba Canada. The Chandler Rotary has produced top 10 national marks each year as well as several division records and a few state records. The meet has become a favorite with athletes as they go up against the best in the state regardless of class with several returning athletes and a few new faces. Hunter Wilkes (Sr., Hamilton) and Venessa Davis (Fr., Desert Vista) have both jumped 11-6 this season and Abbie Sharkey (So., Red Mountain) is close behind with an 11-3. Any one of the these could hit 12 feet this weekend. Garrett Starkey (Sr., Basha) is the only Pole Vaulter to hit 16-0 this season and is ranked US#6. Desert Vista teammates Matt Arseneau (Sr.) and Scott Marshall (Jr.) have both jumped 15-6 and are both ranked US#17 and Nathan Hiett (Jr., Basha) has a jump of 15-3 and is ranked US#23.
NAPLES,Florida — To pole vault is, by itself, an incredible feat. To pole vault after having your chest caved in is miraculous, if not a little insane. This is the story of St. John Neumann senior Brian Ullrich.At the Bear Run Invitational at Palmetto Ridge last week, pole in hand, Ullrich sprinted down the runway, and jammed it into the ground. The fiberglass pole nearly bent in two before it shot an upside-down Ullrich into the sky. He pushed off the pole and flew over a crossbar set more than 13 feet in the air. He fell to Earth and landed on a thick cushion meant to catch the daring young man. “Good,” yelled the official. Ullrich, as one of the county’s best pole vaulters and a state qualifier in the event last year, was victorious once more. Ullrich’s mark of 13 feet, 6 inches was a personal best and tied the school record. Though he has his sights on a return to states, his goals are of a higher order.“Clearing 14 feet,” Ullrich said. “I have no set goals past that.”That Ullrich is even pole vaulting, let alone trying to clear the height of a small house, is a story unto itself.In January 2011, Ullrich, then a junior, was involved in a tree-trimming accident at his home. His injuries were severe — two collapsed lungs, three broken ribs and three days spent in the intensive care unit at Naples Community Hospital.
Baseball–Varsity (1-10) Moon Valley 12, Glendale 2
Baseball–JV (2-5) Moon Valley win over Glendale
Baseball–Freshman (3-3) Moon Valley loss to Shadow Mountain
Softball — Varsity (2-10) Moon Valley 22, Glendale 8
Softball–JV (5-3) Moon Valley 15, Glendale 10
Softball–Freshman (3-2) Moon Valley loss to Thunderbird
Boys’ Tenniss–Varsity (2-4) Moon Valley 9, Cactus 0
Boys’ Tennis –JV (0-4) Moon Valley 0, Cactus 1
Girls’ Tennis–Varsity (2-4) Moon Valley 3, Cactus 6
Girls’ Tennis–JV (0-2) Moon Valley 3, Deer Valley 6
Boys’ Track–Varsity (4-2) Moon Valley, 76, Thunderbird 88;Glendale 104,Apollo 45
Boys’ Track–JV (4-2) Moon Valley 109, Thunderbird 116, Glendale 26, Apollo 74
Pasadena Auxiliary Stadium
|Boys Pole Vault 7th Grade
Shawn Barber and Dillon Bell face each other at the Texas Relays
Boys Pole Vault HS Section A
1 Barber, Shawn 12 Kingwood Par
2 Bell, Dylan 12 Alvarado
3 Dugas, Jacques 12 St. Thomas M
4 Duvio, Dylan 11 Curtis, John
5 Favor, Everette 12 Houston Stra
6 Hicks, Marques 12 Hallsville
7 Jones, Chase 12 Midland
8 Kehoe, Marcus 11 Lampasas
9 Lookout, Dillon 12 Jenks OK
10 Murphree, Daven 11 Big Sandy Ha
11 Padalecki, Kyle 12 San Antonio
12 Sonnen, Josh 12 Midlothian
13 Watson, Reese 12 Spring
The Nebraska track and field team will be in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 for the Arizona State Invitational at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium. NU’s hurdlers, select sprinters and throwers will make the trip, while the rest of the team will continue to prepare for next weekend’s Arkansas Spring Invitational.
EntriesMen Pole Vault
1 Mitchell, Simon Northern Ari
2 Markuson, Logan Minnesota
3 Tibbs, Michael Air Force
4 Kraft, Cory Arizona Stat
5 Austin, Dylan Arizona Stat
With a successful 2012 indoor season under their belts, members of Texas’ men’s track and field team seek to continue the trend as they dual the UCLA Bruins at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. this weekend.
The No. 7 Longhorns will kick off their outdoor season with a select group of athletes. Texas is coming off strong performances in the NCAA Indoor Championships with eight athletes receiving All-American honors.
But they should not take this battle against the Bruins lightly. In last season’s outdoor tri-meet at Mike A. Meyers Stadium in Austin, between Arkansas, Texas and UCLA, the Bruins posted 145 points — just four shy of Texas’ first place finish of 149.
Reno, Nevada –Madison Mills made her first trip to the state track and field meet as a freshman, and while there witnessed multiple seniors attempt to set a state record and clear 12 feet, 8 inches in the pole vault.“Maybe when I’m a senior I can do that,” she thought at the time.Now a senior at Bishop Manogue, Mills set 12-8 as her goal when the season began.She already has a new goal.Mills cleared 12-8 last week at a home meet to match the state’s all-time best performance.“That jump was huge for me. That was kind of my year goal,” Mills said this week. “By the end of the year, I wanted to jump at that state record. So for it to be able to happen in the first couple weeks was huge.”Mills is tied with Reed’s Ashley Feinberg for the state’s all-time best mark. Feinberg cleared 12-8 in 1997.
The 12-8 mark is not a state record because state records in track and field can only be set at a state meet. Feinberg holds the state record of 12-7, which she set at the 1997 state meet.
Mills’ recent jump might not be a state record but it gave her the school record, previously held by Logan Miller at 12-5, and didn’t diminish what she accomplished. It also was the fifth-best jump in the country this year, according to athletic.net.
Athletes striking up a romance is nothing new but the story of pole vaulters Steve Lewis and Leah Vause makes for interesting reading.Lewis, Great Britain’s number one pole vaulter and a medal prospect for the London 2012 Olympic Games, met his girlfriend online after she had answered a Skype call meant for her friend and fellow Canadian vaulter Kelsie Hendry.Cupid did not need long to strike.Lewis was in Germany training with world number one Steve Hooker while Vause was in the US with Hendry.‘It was certainly attraction at first sight,’ muses Vause, 24, as she recalls the story alongside her beau at London’s Lee Valley Athletics Centre.Lewis elaborates: ‘We talked and maybe said we should get each others’ numbers. As it happened, I invited Leah to join me in Germany and she did! “We didn’t get off to the greatest start though – I was late to meet her off the plane at Frankfurt but luckily we bumped into each other in the airport.’
Sergei Bubka Jr., whose father is an Olympic gold medalist, is making his name on the courts. Sergei Bubka Jr. has lived his entire existence being called “the great pole vaulter’s son.”
Now, tennis aficionados have begun adding “World No. 1’s boyfriend” to the list.
But if he keeps fighting the way he did Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open, the affable 25-year-old with the piercing gray-green eyes, shock of brown hair — and wicked serve — will soon be known as “Sergei the tennis player.”
Bubka, a Ukranian who lives in Monaco and is romantically involved with WTA Tour No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, is the son of legendary former world champion and Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Sergei Bubka.
Sergei Jr., No. 182 in the ATP World Tour rankings, played a strong opening main-draw match at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, defeating 79th-ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-4, 6-4, on a low-profile side court.
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