KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second straight week, Eastern Oregon University’s Robbie Haynie has been named the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week.Haynie, a senior from Nampa, Idaho, became the first NAIA athlete this season to clear seven feet in the high jump.He posted a leap of 7’ ½” at the Eastern Oregon Open on April 14 to finish first overall.He took medalist honors in the long jump with a distance of 22’ 9 ¼”.He now owns the top pole vault, decathlon, and high jump marks in the NAIA.Haynie also set a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32 in the Mountaineers’ final home track meet.After being named the conference athlete of the week, Haynie receives the national nod for third time this season, one indoor and one outdoor.He was named national athlete of the week three times in 2011 as well
California –Santa Margarita freshman pole vaulter Kaitlyn Merritt added another impressive accomplishment to her resume in the Eagles’ dual meet victory over Rosary on Thursday, becoming only the fourth girl in county history to clear 13 feet.Newport Harbor’s Allison Stokke (13-7) in 2007, Edison’s Tori Pena (13-2) in 2006, and Huntington Beach’s Allison Koressel (13-1) in 2009 are the other three county vaulter to surpass the 13-foot barrier.She is now tied with Mimi Lian of Rancho Bernardo High for the state lead and is tied with three other vaulters for the second best clearance in the nation. Jessie Johnson of Argyle High in Texas is the current national leader with a clearance of 13-6 earlier this spring.Merritt’s previous seasonal best was 12-10¼ at the season opening Eagle Invitational last month. That mark set the state freshman record, previous held by Stokke (12-8).Merritt’s clearance is only two inches off the national freshman record of 13 feet, two inches set by Morgann Leleux in 2008. Leleux, who is currently a freshman at the University of Georgia, set the national high school federation record last year with a vault of 14-2¾.
ORU’s Jack Whitt says he’s afraid of heights. “I’m not one to get on Ferris Wheels or look down from a tall building,” says Whitt. “It’s kind of funny.”Funny, because when it comes to pole vaulting, Whitt goes higher, than just about anybody in the country.The Golden Eagles’ All American, who won four state titles at Norman High School, finished second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring, jumping 17 feet, 7 inches. He has cleared 18 feet in multiple meets this season and hopes to win his first NCAA Championship later this spring in Iowa.”That is my number one goal right now,” says Whitt, “I’m striving to win my first National Championship. That’s the ultimate goal, and I know that if I go out there and jump my highest, I’m gonna be hard to beat.”Whitt’s personal record jump of 18 feet, four-and-a-half inches, was good enough to qualify him for this summer’s Olympic Trials in Oregon. A jump of at least 18 feet, nine inches will likely be needed to make the team.”I’ve jumped up in Oregon and you can’t get much of a better atmosphere of facility,” said Whitt, “It should be fun.”
European Athletics will be well represented at 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in the Spanish city of Barcelona, with nearly every single Member Federation planning to send athletes.
In total, a record 186 nations from around the world have entered the Championships, which will be staged from 10 to 15 July in the city’s historic Montjuïc Olympic Stadium which was the venue for the 2010 European Athletics Championships.
Around 1800 athletes will be in action, according to preliminary entries. Germany will send the biggest team to the Championships with 77 athletes and 32 officials.
Hosts Spain will have the fourth largest delegation with 65 athletes and 18 officials.
Other European countries who currently expect to be sending contingents of 50 people or more are: Italy (72), Great Britain and Northern Ireland (71), France (63), Ukraine (62), Russia (61), Romania (51) and Sweden (50).
Last week: Debich, a senior, cleared 12 feet, 8 inches in the pole vault at the Lady Spartan Invitational. That is the highest mark recorded at a WPIAL event.Check this out: A 5-foot-4 Auburn University recruit, Debich won the pole vault title at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last season and finished second at the PIAA meet. She cleared 12 feet at the WPIAL championships, 7 inches shy of the meet record.What was your immediate reaction to going over the bar at 12-8 at a meet? I cried. I’ve been trying that now for two years since [the Westmoreland County meet] of 2010, and so to finally make it, I just cried.What’s the highest you’ve cleared in practice or in training? At unofficial non-high school meets, I jumped 13 over the summer.Is 13 feet something of a ‘magical’ number female pole vaulters point to? In Pennsylvania, it’s kind of like that ‘Oh my gosh’ mark.What are your goals for the rest of the season? For the Baldwin Invitational, at least 13, and at WPIALs, I just want to jump 12-8, and whatever else is a bonus.How did you get involved in pole vaulting? In Middle School, we didn’t have any pole vaulters on our team. Our head coach knew I was a gymnast, so he asked me, ‘Why don’t you try it?’ I said, ‘OK, whatever.’ And I ended up really liking it.Any theories on what happened to the Penguins? I love hockey. I really don’t know. They started off well … but it just went downhill.
Gilfroy, California –Luis Magana cleared a personal-best 13-feet, 9-inches in the pole vault during Gilroy High’s Tri-County Athletic League dual meet at Salinas High on Thursday.Magana’s previous best this season was 13-6 and head coach Cathy Silva said that Magana has his sights set on 14 feet. He could hit that this weekend at either the Top 8 Invitational at San Jose City College today or the Bill Kearney Invite in Salinas on Saturday.The clearance is the fourth-best in the Central Coast Section this season. more
Amarillo, Texas –Pole Vault: 1. Alex Graham, Panhandle, 14-6; 2. Braden Hudson, Canadian, 14-0; 3. Zack Harris, River Road, 13-6; 4. Matthew Maciel, Silverton, 12-6; 4. Rene Pena, Spearman, 12-6; 6. Channing Allen, Dalhart, 12-0. Pole Vault: 1. Morgan Moore, Randall, 11-6; 2. Kati Culpepper, Randall, 10-0; 3. Gately Garnett, Spearman, 9-6; 4. Sydney King, Dalhart, 9-6; 5. Birgen Adams, River Road, 9-0; 5. Marissa Bornemier, Dalhart, 9-0. more
Gainesville, Georgia –Kiki Harris made history for Paine College on Thursday when she became the first pole vaulter to sign a full athletic/academic scholarship for the school.Harris is ranked second in the region in the pole vault (9-6) and fourth in the triple jump (33-2), and is currently ranked among the top five pole vaulters in Class AAA. Her pole vault is the best in school history. Coach Wayne Jones said that Harris is hoping to make sectionals in both events. In order to do so, she must finish in the top four in the region. She will be going for both in today’s Region 8-AAA meet at Lanier. more
Jamestown, ND –Every once in a while, James Vollmer has a flashback to the accident.It mostly happens when he’s coaching high school pole vaulting and sees a mistake that could result in a dangerous landing.“I have to look away,” he says.Vollmer, 24, knows a thing or two about the repercussions of dangerous landings.On Dec. 1, 2010, the former Rapid City Stevens High School track standout was practicing pole vaulting at Jamestown College in Jamestown. Continue reading
Lamkin,Arkansas–To use a political term, Ouachita Christian won the District 2-1A track & field team championship in a landslide.Braden Bristo won the pole vault (13-06 more
Clark County, Washington — Pole vault — 1, Josh Berteaux (I) 12-6.Pole vault — 1, Tawnie Nesbitt (I) 7-7 more
Stark County, Ohio –Pole vault—1, Martello (Jackson) 13-9; 2, Vincent (Perry) 13-4; 3, (tie) Hohlbaugh (Lake), Tekip (E.Canton), Lewis (Aquinas) 12-6.Pole vault—1, Simmons (Fairless) 10-9; 2, Bury (GlenOak) 8-6; 3, (tie) Enos (Lake), Fogle (E.Canton), Lombardi (Aquinas) 8-0 more
Centrall Michigan –The Farwell High School girls team notched two wins Wednesday as it won its own double dual with Clare and Harrison. McKenzie Garver won the pole vault (7-6). Tanisha Davila placed first in the pole vault (6-6) Boys Matt Hasler claimed the win in the pole vault (9-6 1/4), Addam Davidson took first in the pole vault (9-6). more
Jacksonville, North Carolina –Pole vault: Charles Scott (S) 12-0 Pole vault: Brenn (S) 10-6 more
Sheboygan, Wisconsin — Aaron Castellan finished first in the pole vault on a 13-foot jump and the Sheboygan North boys track and field team took third of seven in the Al Vanderberg Invitational Thursday in Ashwaubenon. Pole vault — David Schmidt, WDP, 11-0; 2. Hunter Nelson, NH, 10-06; Pole vault — Sabrina Wolter, X, 8-06; McKenzie Freund, NH, 6-06.; more
Ft. Wayne, Indiana –As a pole vaulter, Homestead’s Emerald Eviston has always gone to great heights. Her determination, however, after picking herself back up after a serious auto accident and severe wrist injury, may go down as her highest achievement.The senior finished ninth at last year’s state finals and was ranked in the upper juniors’ bracket after a personal-best of 12 feet, 4 inches. But a car crash in the fall took her out of training for a few months and, more importantly, jeopardized whether she would ever return to the sport again.The accident occurred Oct. 10, 2011, two days after her 18th birthday. She was traveling home after school on Aboite Center Road when someone in another vehicle made a U-turn at Eggeman Road and cut off both lanes of traffic. Eviston tried to avoid the oncoming car, but her 1998 Audi A4 wagon (complete with pole vault tube on top) was hit head-on and sent into a storm drain and tree.The airbags went off upon impact, and one had so much force it shattered her right wrist, which was at the top of the steering wheel. Continue reading
Girls Pole Vault
1 Childers, Molly Battle Mount 9-11.50 10-02.00 10
2 Alexander, Kylie Vail Christi 9-01.00 9-08.00 7
2 Garton, Bailey Battle Mount 9-11.50 9-08.00 7
4 Meyer, Micaela Soroco High 8-02.00 5
5 Jorgensen, Tani Rifle High S 8-01.00 7-02.00 3
5 Garcia, Krysten West Grand H 7-00.00 7-02.00 3
5 Seng, Alexandria Eagle Valley 6-10.00 7-02.00 3
8 Rossi, Jessica Soroco High 6-08.00 0.50
8 Reynolds, Carly West Grand H 6-04.00 6-08.00 0.50
10 Billington, Laura West Grand H 6-02.00
10 Redman, Shya North Park H 6-07.00 6-02.00
10 Crain, Katie North Park H 6-02.00
Boys Pole Vault
1 Guida, Zach Battle Mount 14-02.00 14-06.50 10
2 Kline, Aaron Eagle Valley 11-07.00 12-08.00 8
3 Smith, Wyatt Eagle Valley 11-01.00 11-08.00 6
4 Gore, Travis West Grand H 11-07.00 11-02.00 4
4 Cooper, Mack Vail Christi 11-07.00 11-02.00 4
4 Tafoya, Austin Eagle Valley 11-01.00 11-02.00 4
New Jersey–Dunellen 100, Cardinal McCarrick 31–Pole vault: Meyer (D) 6-0;Pole vault: Ditter (D) 11-0 more
Hollywood –a journalist ask the cast of “The Avengers.”The writer wanted to know which Olympic event would their character excel at during the Summer Games in London. This was something actually asked of a cast that’s in a movie that will be one of the biggest hits of the summer. Tom Hiddleston, who plays the evil Norse god Loki, half says and half asks, “Javelin?” He adds “pole vault, if I was going to be creative.” more
Pennsylvania –Valley West track team picked up a sweep over the Comets with a pair of convincing wins on Thursday. Pole Vault: 1. Temerantz (W) 12-0;Pole Vault: 1. Hurn (C) 7-6 more