Jamaica — Samuels on Saturday broke the National Senior Record in the pole vault when he cleared 5.31m, just marginally over the 5.30m set 10 years ago in 2002 by Jabari Ennis, while competing at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock, Texas.Samuels who was competing for South Plains Junior College and who also hold the National Junior Record 4.85m set in 2009, cleared the height on his second attempt to finish third in the competition behind Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts University and Kayal Meyers of Texas Tech who both cleared 5.41m
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(Reuters) – Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, chasing her third straight Olympic gold medal at the London Games this year, says the strain of training will force her to retire in two years.”When I’m on the track, I always think, oh my goodness it’s so easy. Why can’t it be all the time the same. But once I get off the podium, I was like ‘oh, I’m too tired for the training’,” the 29-year-old told the Laureus website (www.laureus.com).”I decide that another two years and then I will retire. Training becomes difficult…every year the body is getting old it becomes harder and harder to prepare for the competition. I enjoy competition more than training.”Isinbayeva’s will to win was on display last month at the world indoor championships in Istanbul, where she claimed a fourth title and her first major victory since her Beijing gold in 2008.Isinbayeva’s confidence is definitely back if her pre-Olympics talk is anything to go by.”In London, my main competitors will be myself, because I know how high I can jump and I know that height is almost impossible for my rivals,” said the Russian, who holds the outdoor record of 5.06 metres.”My coach says that my potential is 5.10 and higher, so that right now and with my present preparation, I am able to jump 5.10.”I am not worrying about the Olympics. I am confident because I know that right now everything is fine in my life.”Isinbayeva’s life has not always been rosy despite a bagful of records and high profile titles.
ELLENSBURG – Terra Schumacher became the latest Seattle Pacific track and field athlete to join the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying list with a winning pole vault performance on Saturday at the Spike Arlt Invitational at Central Washington University.
Falcons senior Schumacher (Sublimity, Ore.) cleared a season-best 11 feet, 9¾ inches at Tomlinson Stadium. That was two inches higher than the NCAA provisional minimum, putting Schumacher into a tie for 14th nationally pending the outcome of other meets this weekend.
Topeka, Kansas–Pole vault — Walker, Sea, 11-6; Haefner, WR, 11-0; Jones, Sea, 11-0; Payton, WR, 11-0; Walker, Sea, 11-0; Wyer, Sea, 11-0.Pole vault — Tichenor, Sea, 7-6; Madden, TH, 7-0; Harrison, Sea, 6-6; McNorton, Sea, 6-6.more
LSU senior pole vaulter Rachel Laurent won first place in the event during Saturday’s Arizona State Tri-Meet held in Tempe, Ariz.Laurent, a former Vandebilt Catholic standout, won the event with a jump of 13 feet, 5 3/4 inches. more
With the University of Athletic Association (UAA) finals approaching, the Emory University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational at Charlotte, N.C. on Friday and Saturday.Freshman Elaina Kim cleared 3.19 meters on the pole vault, winning the event and setting a season best for the Eagles in the process. Sophomore Somon Nader recorded a season best for the Eagles with a 3.95 meter clearance in the pole vault. more
La Grande dominated the girls division of the La Grade Invitational Friday at Eastern Oregon University, scoring more than twice the point total of runner-up Pendleton. Katherine Rasmussen out-performed the competition in the pole vault, winning with a vault of eight-feet.more
CHULA VISTA PV–Chula Vista, California–PV:1. Otto’ (Ger) 19, 18-5¼ , 18-9¼ , 19-1, 19-5 [xxx]) (5.42, 5.62 , 5.72 , 5.82, 5.92 [xxx]) 2. Kim’ (SK) 18-1¼ (5.52); 3. Dilla’ (Ger)18-1¼.
PATRIOT OPEN–Fairfax, Virginia–PV: 1. Marshall (GM) 13-9¼ (4.20); 2.Keppler (unat) 13-9¼.
OLE MISS OPEN–Oxford, Mississippi–1. Kendricks (Ms) 17-7¼ (5.37).
SPRINGTIME INVITATIONAL–E l Paso, Texas–1. Payne (Ks) 13-4¼ (4.07).
Coppell, April 10–12—PV: 1. Freier (Northwest, Justin) 12-6.
Wilmington High School graduate Tara Bowman broke her own Winthrop University pole vault record Friday at the Carolina’s Cup track and field meet at Irwin Belk Track on the WU campus.Bowman, a 2008 WHS graduate, cleared 12-0 to establish a new record and finish second overall in the meet.Bowman also holds the Winthrop University indoor pole vault record of 3.4544 meters, set in January more
BISMARCK — Dickinson State’s Fred Agbaje won the 100 meters Sunday at the Marauder Invitational, hosted by the University of Mary at the Bismarck Community Bowl. Pole vault: 1. Tim Simonich, U-Mary, 15-0 ¾. 2. Marshall Fryberger, U-Mary, 14-6¾. 3. Kohl Koppinger, U-Mary, 14-0¾. 4. Greg Schenavar, unattached, 13-7.more
Reno –Nick Maestretti led the Tiger boys, winning the pole vault by clearing a career-best 15 feet, 8 inches. The mark was just four inches short of tying the school record, and was 14 inches better than Maestretti’s closest competition on Saturday more
The University of Redlands track team chalked up some solid performances at Saturday’s 26th annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
Junior Bryan Artmann won the pole vault at 15 feet, 9 inches
Baltimore, MD–Pikesville Track Classic–Pole vault: 1. Pollard (PIK), 12-6
; 2. Bennett (CAT), 11-6; 3. Rector (RES), 11-6 more
The Mountain Home High School track teams traveled to West Plains, Mo., Friday to compete in the Zizzer Relays and posted one first-place finish and several personal records. Levi McCain
was the Bombers’ top finisher as he topped the 12-0
mark to take second place in the pole vault.more
Anderson, California–The sun came out on Saturday at the annual John Frank Invitational at Central Valley. Along with the sun came an amazing number of personal records for the West Valley track team.Josh Clark
equaled his personal record of 12-06
to win the pole vault to round out WV’s champions. more
Hannibal, MO —The Capital City Relays happened, despite the weather.Christian Locke was another second-place finisher for Hannibal, finishing with a height of 14-feet 6-inches in the pole vault more
California –Canyon senior Robert Wolfe is talking to the University of La Verne coaches about continuing his track and field career.
Three years ago, he was talking to the Canyon coaches about keeping his career alive.
“I had him in the parking lot,” says head coach Paul Broneer. “I said, ‘Robert, I hate to tell you this, but you’re not even close to qualifying in any event.’”
There was still another event he hadn’t yet tried – pole vaulting.
He hasn’t stopped since.
His personal best in the event came at the Arcadia Invitational on April 7, when he cleared 14 feet, 3 inches to move into third place on Canyon’s all-time list.
It just so happens that 14-3 is also the mark that got eight of the nine CIF-Southern Section Division II finalists through last season at prelims.
Wolfe is very aware of that. But he wants to go further.
“My goal is to make state, to go to Clovis,” he says, without hesitation.
That would have sounded ludicrous three years ago.
Wolfe, who didn’t even stand 5 feet tall as a freshman, Continue reading