San Antonio, Texas –Jacob Ulbricht had a breakthrough outing this past week.
After being stuck on 14-6 in pole vaulting, the Smithson Valley senior surpassed that mark with a 15-4 clearing.
Later in the day, he overcame his 42.00 time in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best 41.10.
Ulbricht’s accomplishment didn’t come at a major meet. Instead it happened at a dual meet with New Braunfels, but that didn’t matter.
It was still a potential springboard leading into next week’s District 27-4A Meet.
First-year Drew Engle did not need to wait long to become a key contributor to Messiah College’s track and field program. In his first indoor season with the Falcons, Engle broke two school records.
Engle and his teammate Colin Reisler broke the indoor pole vault record most recently set eight years ago earlier this month by successfully clearing 4.30 meters (14′ 1.25″). The previous record of 14’ 0’’ was set by Scott Vanek in 1984 and again by Rob Poiesz in 2003. On February 24, Engle also broke the heptathlon record, held by Michael Dell, with a score of 4,354 after only completing two heptathlons this season.
The heptathlon consists of the 55 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60 meter hurdles, pole vault, and the 1000 meter run held over a two day period.
“It feels awesome to break a record with my teammate Colin,” Engle said. “ I thank God for the opportunities to compete, especially at the Armory in New York City.”
Engle’s teammate, first-year Colin Reisler, said breaking the record with his teammate was really fun.
Joe Burkett knew for a while the pole vault was going to be his place on the track.
Burkett grew up in the shadows of the Jefferson City High School pit, where his father, Eric, would work during the Capital City Relays. Eric is a former Helias pole vaulter himself, and Joe would tag along to the meets and help catch poles.
The event worked its magic on Joe, a junior at Jefferson City. He began to see progress and started making regular trips to Just Vault in Kansas City. Just Vault is an indoor pole vault facility run by former Baylor All-American Todd Cooper. The instruction of Cooper and Jefferson City track coach Scott Gschwender helped propel Joe to a fourth-place finish at last year’s Class 4 state meet at 15 feet, 3 inches. He quickly followed that with a PR height of 15-9 at the Jr. Olympic regional meet.
McCook, Nebraska –Pole Vault — 1. Abi Mohr, McCook, 9-6; 2. Becca Sehnert, McCook, 8-0; 3. Emilea Finley, Colby, 7-0; 4. Katie Rabas, McCook, 6-6. Pole Vault — 1. Kyle Stewart, McCook, 13-6; 2. Tyson Karr, McCook, 13-0; 3. Tyler Freeland, DCS, 11-0; 4. Tyrell Reichert, DCS, 11-0; 5. Kiel Howell, Cambridge, 10-0; 6. Jesse Detty, McCook, 10-0.
Garrett Starkey 12 Basha 16’0 Desert Classic
Cole Walsh 11 Brophy 15’6 Chandler Rotary
Nathan Hiett 11 Basha 15’3 AMDG
Scott Marshall 11 Desert Vista 15’0 Aztec Invite
Grant Sisseron 11 Horizon 15’0 Rattler Invite
Will Hooper 10 Moon Valley 15’0 Glendale Union
William Wallace 12 Salpointe 14’6.25 Willie Williams
Matt Arseneau 12 Desert Vista 14’6 Aztec Invite
Keith Williams 12 Payson 14’6 NPA Skydome Invite
Bo Haddock 11 Deer Valley 14’6 Chandler Rotary
Adrian Childress 11 Copper Canyon 14’6 Peoria Invte
Rancho Bernardo, California –A high school pole vaulting coach usually needs to make quite a sales pitch to convince kids on campus to give the sport a try.
Even Tom Martin, the longtime coach of the prestigious pole vaulting program at Rancho Bernardo High, rarely gets a kid eager to propel themselves over a bar high above the ground before crashing down on a mat.
But Mimi Lian was different. She is one of the few athletes that needed no convincing to give the high-flying sport a whirl.
“She came to me in the fall of her freshman year,” Martin said of Lian, who competed as a Level 9 gymnast before taking up pole vaulting. “She came up to me on the track and told me about her background and that she was really interested in pole vaulting. I thought, ‘are you kidding me?’ It is the kind of thing you dream about as a coach.”
Female Rookies of the Week
Lindsey Enders, Cornell (Fr., Melbourne, Fla.)
Erika Veidis, Harvard (Fr., Sparta, N.J.)A two-time Florida state high school champion in the pole vault, Enders didn’t match her career best over the weekend, but she did win the Ithaca Invitational with a clearance of 3.55 meters (11-7 3/4) in cold and damp conditions, a departure from her high school days in the Sunshine State. It wasn’t the first time that Veidis dipped below 2:10 in the 800m run, but the rookie did so early in the season at the North Florida Invitational, one of three runners in a field of 46 to so. Her time of 2:09.83 was behind only Virginia’s Jennifer Fabrizio and Jacksonville’s Joane Pierre.
Male Athletes of the Week
Nico Weiler, Harvard (Jr., Stuttgart, Germany)
Joe Stilin, Princeton (Sr., Milwaukee, Wis.)After claiming the Indoor Heps pole vault title with a meet record back in February, Weiler won the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville, clearing 5.30 meters (17-4 1/2) with just a single miss. His victory came over athletes from South Carolina, Auburn, Virginia, Florida and Florida State. After running both a sub-four mile and a 7:51 3k indoor (yet, remarkably, unable to qualify for NCAAs), Stilin kept pace in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays, running 13:51.17 to finish third behind William Mulherin of Virginia Tech and Soufiane Bouchikhi of Eastern Kentucky. Stilin’s time is currently fourth nationally, barely a second behind Mulherin’s top mark (13:49.95).
New York –Sarah Haley has vaulted herself into one of the top track and field performers in Dutchess County.
The Dover High School junior placed 12th in the pole vault at last month’s state indoor championships. One year ago, she emerged on the scene by winning the Section 1 State Qualifier in the pole vault and taking third place at the state Division II meet in the 400 hurdles.
Haley spoke with the Poughkeepsie Journal and had this to share:
What do you do to prepare for the spring track season?
I just run outside. I pretty much run all the time. I also competed in indoor track as well.
Do you have any rituals that you do before meets?
I drink a lot of water, and I always eat pasta. I also listen to music before to get me pumped up, country music being my favorite.
What is your favorite event?
The 400 hurdles and the pole vault are my favorites because I’m pretty good at them and they’re fun.
Speaking of pole vaulting, it seems like it could be a sort of dangerous event. Do you get nervous when participating in it?
Westfield, Mass.- First-year Megan Darnley (Westborough, Mass.) set a new College record with a fifth-place performance of 9’00.25″ in the pole vault, as the Trinity College Bantams finished 11th in the Jerry Gravel” Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Classic hosted by Westfield State University this afternoon. Trinity, playing in its spring opener, totaled 20 points, while Springfield won the meet with 139.5 points. Darnley shattered the program’s previous mark (7’00.00″) for both indoor and outdoor track by over two feet.
Springfield, Missouri –Cole Phillips made a heck of an entrance to the 2012 track season. In the first competition of the year, the Nixa senior broke the school record in the pole vault. The next day, he signed a national letter of intent to compete for the University of Central Missouri track team. “It’s been a good couple days,” Phillips said last week. “We haven’t had a ton of practices, but I got good weather to jump in and jumped well.” Phillips vaulted 15 feet, 10½ inches March 27 at the Nixa Triangular to break his own school record of 15-9.And he wasn’t surprised to do it, even though the season is still young. “That’s kind of what I’ve been shooting for,” Phillips said. “It’s really exciting. I’m happy to reach it and have something to shoot for so early.” Phillips had a strong offseason, competing in several winter season meets for Vault House Central Continue reading
Lake Forest, Illinois –Jillian Schwartz made it sound so simple. The 1997 Lake Forest High School graduate resides in Jonesboro, Ark., these days.“My life pretty much is watching movies, reading books and doing the athlete thing,” the 32-year-old Schwartz said.Millions watch movies and read books.But not too many do what Schwartz does when she’s not sitting in a theater or turning a page.The world’s best pole vaulters will convene in London this summer to vie for gold, silver and bronze prizes. They’ll be called Olympians.Schwartz will be one of them.Eight years ago she represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in Greece.She will soar for Team Israel this summer. “The Israel coaches approached me about competing for their country in 2009,” said Schwartz, a dual citizen who cleared a career-best 15-feet-8 at a Continue reading