Was this the best meet for us or what? 6 vaulters and 6 PRs made or tied. Moon Valley girls took one,two,three and the guys took one, two, fourth. Both teams won the combined total and the gold medals. Other goals were set too. Could we have done better? I guess but why be greedy. The boys dominated. Will (15-0), Tyler (14-0), Brad (13-3). Good enough for gold and tying the Relay record set by another Moon Valley team in 2009. Brad started the evening by making the automatic height of 13-3. He set two Personal Records (PRs) inthe process. Brad over the years has developed super form but his sore legs have limited his run length and speed. Not this year, not last night. His goal this year is 14-0,the height NAU’s vaulter goes. He will meet that goal. Tyler has a impressive run, not only for the speed but the determination evident in that run. Each vault Tyler made was a no holds barred all out blast. He sometimes found himself under at the plant but with split second timing he was able to correct the mistake and ride the pole to the top. Tyler tied his PR of 14-0, proving that PR not to be a fluke but the norm. Tyler’s 14-0 puts him in the medals in the Division II rankings. Will set a PR of 15-0 putting him 1st in Division II and tying him for 4th best sophomore in the nation. He got on his 1570 and his blazing strength, speed and technique came through. He was way past due for a breakthrough. All day he was texting me that he was excited and ready. He sure was. In warm up all three vaulters had to go to bigger poles because they were flying down the runway. Will is now comfortably on the 70 and still has room to move up the pole. I was in awe of all three vaulters determination, team spirit and technique. Every vault for all three was close to perfection with little things to work on. They put on quite a show for the other vaulters. Will flew over his 15-0 PR and then had to try to keep fresh while Apollo
maintenance hunted for a ladder. The ladder was needed to measure the bar for a new best Arizona Sophomore record. First came a ladder that was too short. Then the right ladder and the measuring. And during all of this Will was trying to stay focused. He barely missed those three attempts at the height. The State meet official said he was sure that he would have made it if things went smoother with the measuring. A lesson for us in the future. But at the end of the night, the three vaulters jumped on the awards stand, tying the relay record, taking the gold, Brad and Will making PRs, All three automatically going to state, Tyler tying his PR. It was all smiles. An unbelieveable show of Moon Valley pole vault dominance. Earlier that evening, the girls had their shot at the title. more on them later in this entry….