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The scenario is so ludicrous, it need only be put forth in a straight sentence: The nation’s best prep long jumper, a two-time reigning state champion, will spend his junior season on his school’s junior varsity team.The player caught in such bizarre circumstances is Devin Field, a DeSoto (Texas) High athlete who was recently declared ineligible because of residency regulations by Texas’ University Interscholastic League, which governs scholastic extracurricular activities in the Lone Star State. As covered by the Dallas Morning News and ESPN, among other sources, Field was declared ineligible for the spring season just days after winning the New Balance Nationals Indoor long jump title in New York, doing so with a lower back injury.The issue behind Field’s eligibility quandary is, at face value, a simple one. UIL determined that he couldn’t compete for DeSoto because he is not currently living with a parent. Instead, Field is staying with Trent Gamble, an assistant coach for the Texas Faces track club who also happens to be a family friend. The move to stay with Gamble was made for academic reasons, with Field desperate to graduate next winter to focus more time on his budding track career. His previous school, Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial High, wouldn’t have allowed him to complete the courses he needed to finish by December 2012, which will allow him to enroll early at Kansas Statefor the Wildcats’ spring track season. Yet there was a good reason why Field couldn’t live with a parent; his mother and sister had to stay in Port Arthur to help take care of Field’s grandmother, whose cancer had re-emerged in August, just before Field was to start his junior year at DeSoto after his first two years at Lancaster (Texas) High. Continue reading
Sunbury, PA–Like running and jumping, the pole vault did not begin as a sporting event. It was a means for 19th-century Europeans to cross water-filled canals in areas where there were no bridges.For Selinsgrove’s Christian Burke, Lewisburg’s Cam Cassels and Milton’s Vicki Soltys, it just might be a means for athletic recognition and even a ticket to college.Burke and Cassels are the Valley’s top boys’ vaulters and Soltys is the class on the girls’ side.The Seal and the Dragon, along with Jersey Shore’s Mac Thompson, have become friendly rivals and have pushed one another to new heights. Soltys, competing in the shadow of Central Columbia star Virginia LaMacchia, has emerged as the next outstanding female vaulter.All will be among the contenders in the vault in today’s Heartland Athletic Conference championship meet at Shikellamy High School. The girls’ vault is set to start at 10:50 a.m. with the boys to follow at about 12:40 p.m.Burke, who broke the school record with a 14-foot, 5-inch vault to beat Cassels in a dual meet on May 1, hit 14 for the first time in his four-year career in a meet earlier in the season against Jersey Shore and Thompson.It is probably no coincidence that Burke’s top two performances of the season came when competing against his closest rivals.”I really do enjoy going against Cam and Mac. We have trained together so we all know each other. It’s really just fun competing and I look forward to those meets more than any other,” Burke said.Seeking another chanceThe Seals’ senior, son of Brian Burke and Toni Ferster, is looking to earn a return trip to the Class AAA state championship meet in Shippensburg at the end of the month and redeem himself, after a disappointing 23rd-place finish (12-6) last season. Continue reading
CLEMSON, S.C. – Senior All-American Hunter Hall and freshman All-American Victoria von Eynatten swept the pole vault competition for the Hokies as members the Virginia Tech track & field team competed at Clemson’s Tiger Qualifier at the Rock Norman Track & Field Complex Friday. von Eynatten won the pole vault with a season-best outdoor mark of 13-8.25 (4.17m), which ranks second all-time outdoors in the Tech record books. von Eynattnen’s mark is also among the top-10 in the NCAA East Region and the top-25 of Division I. Redshirt sophomore Leigh Allin was fourth with a personal best clearance of 12-8.25 (3.87m), which moves her into ninth all-time at Tech and into the top-48 of the NCAA East Region.Hall won his fourth consecutive and fifth overall pole vault competition of the season with a clearance of 16-8.75 (5.10m) as Tech took the top four spots. Freshman Chris Uhle and senior Mike Miller each cleared 16-2.75 (4.95m) to tie for second, while redshirt freshman Matt Hoogland was fourth with a personal best height of 15-9 (4.80m). more
Conner Foxworth of St. Patrick, a University of Alabama signee, has set a new overall state record in the pole vault on Friday afternoon.
Foxworth went 16 feet, 6.25 inches in the Class 3A State Track and Field Meet at Pearl High School. He broke the former record of Oxford’s Sam Kendricks, who held the old record of 16-3.
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Building new athletic facilities are expensive, and the onus they put on school districts is sky high given the dire financial straits that many states find themselves in. Amidst this sea of financial concerns and general uncertainty, one Oregon school came up with a novel way to get a desperately needed, professional quality running track: It traded a waffle iron for it. As reported by the Portland Oregonian, Condon (Ore.) High was in desperate need for a new track and runways for the long jump, pole vault and javelin events. Two Continue reading
Payson, Arizona –The Payson High boy’s track team will take to the Division III state finals a top-ranked pole vaulter who is widely considered the gold medal favorite.The state finals begin today, May 11, and continue tomorrow, Saturday, at Mesa College.Keith Williams has vaulted 14 feet, 6 inches this season, which is a full three inches better than the second-ranked athlete — Jacob Flores of Seton Catholic.Williams’ coach, school pole vault record holder Bo Althoff, has predicted his student might go even higher, possibly over 15 feet.thoroughbred in the Longhorn corral. Levi Sopeland has valued 13 feet, 6 inches and is currently ranked fifth in the state. more.
FARGO, N.D. — Sophomore Bethany Buell set new meet and stadium records in winning the pole vault to help the South Dakota track and field teams take the lead after the opening day of the Summit League Championships, which are being held at Schlanser Track in Fargo, N.D. Buell, who now has four conference pole vault championships in her stellar Coyote career, claimed the women’s pole vault with a winning height of 14-0 1/2, topping the previous meet record of 13-5 1/4 set by NDSU’s Leslie Brost in 2010. more
Africa pole vault bronze medallist, Caroline Cherotich, was on fire on Friday, shattering her own national record to retain the Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Championships title at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.The 23-year-old Cherotich, who won bronze at the 2010 Africa Championships in Nairobi, cleared 3.15 metres to erase her previous record of 3.10m set last year during the national championships in Nairobi.“Though there is little time, my ultimate dream is to represent Kenya at the London Olympic Games but if I don’t attain the mark, then Rio de Janeiro (Olympics) should expect me in 2016,” said Cherotich, who attributed her performance to her coaches, Continue reading
Steve Hooker’s dream of defending his pole vault Olympic title is back on track after the 29-year-old secured his ticket for London in a glitzy meet in Perth.Hooker, making his first competitive outing in three months, cleared the A-qualifying height of 5.72m on his second attempt on Friday night to secure his berth at a third straight Olympics.The West Australian high-fived the crowd and hugged his coach Alex Parnov after successfully completing the 5.72m jump, with his relief evident for all to see after a turbulent few months.A persistent knee injury and a worrying case of the yips had threatened to derail Hooker’s Olympic campaign earlier this year.”The confidence I require to stand at the end of the runway and then charge down, land my pole and soar almost six metres into the air has left me for the time being,” Hooker said in February after announcing he would step away from all competition until he regained his mojo.And regain his mojo he has, with Hooker easily clearing the required Olympic qualifying height in a specially-sanctioned meet held in his own purpose-built indoor training facility in Midland.The former railway workshop was abuzz with glitz, glamour and an in-house DJ, with the invite-only crowd of around 150 people cheering on their Olympic Continue reading
As if watching pole vault is not entertaining enough, Jordan Scott has been making it even more interesting the past few years by adding a unique and individual flare…..hair designs! Extravagant color and style pulled him out of a small personal slump, helping him bring home a NCAA title his senior year for Kansas University, and he has been nurturing his creative side ever since! (Source: statesman.com) His personal record for the pole vault is 18 feet, 8 3/4 inches, which was set in 2010. The 2012 season has been healthy and productive so far, and Jordan is ready for more. His hair is a way to keep things light and remember how much fun he is having doing what he loves.Check out some of his recent favorites on his website (here). But better yet, come out to the Trials and watch him compete in the Men’s Pole Vault Prelims on June 25th at 5:30, and in the Finals on June 28th at 5:05 Not only will the competition be tight, but you can rest assure that at the Best Meet Ever, Jordan just might have the Best Hair Ever!
What is your best track memory from past meets at Hayward Field and Eugene?
I would have to say my best track memory from Hayward Field was when I won the NCAA Championships in 2010, but also qualifying for the finals in the 2008 Olympic Trials was pretty memorable as well! I’ve had several unbelievable experiences at Hayward Field. It’s easily one of my favorite places to compete! Continue reading
Hollister, MO–Hollister sophomore Cody Canote has passed judgement in the eyes of Tony Williams as a worthy successor to the latter’s 44-year-old school record in the pole vault.Canote has Williams’ full support to break the mark of 13-6 that they currently share, so much so that Williams’ son, Brandon, has been a frequent visitor to the Tigers’ practices to offer instruction.“He’s here a couple of times a week or as much as he can get away from work,” Canote said. “He’s helped me improve tremendously. It’s like night and day, considering how much we’ve done.“(Taney County Associate Circuit Court Judge Tony Williams) is busy with his judge-stuff, but has told me a few times he would like to come watch me vault at a meet. He’s made it clear he would love to see me win at Sectionals or State and is excited about me trying to break the record.”Canote and his Hollister teammates will be in Class 2 Sectional 3 action today at Fair Grove. The top four finishers in each event earn a trip to the Class 2 State Track Meet.Canote has increased his personal-record by a foot over the course of this season, his full go-around as a pole-vaulter. He only began vaulting midway through last season.“One Friday after school before practice I saw some guys vaulting and said, ‘Hey, that looks like fun,’” Canote said. “So, I picked up a pole and tried it.”Canote doesn’t have a gymnastics background, like most of the Tri-Lakes Area’s best vaulters past and present. But as a youth he was accustomed to heights and twisting his body in all directions.“The trampoline was my best Continue reading
Jim Carter, one of Purdue’s “Touchdown Twins” in the 1930′s, died Wednesday in Fishers. He was 100. Carter, 1935 graduate of Purdue, teamed with Duane Purvis to lead the Boilermakers to two Big Ten Conference titles and only four losses in three years. Purvis was the other half of the famed “Touchdown Twins.”The Indianapolis native attended Washington High School, winning the 1930 state championship in the pole vault. Carter coached football at Lowell High School in Lake County, Mankato State University in Minnesota, Terre Haute Wiley and Anderson High Schools before retiring from coaching in 1966 and from teaching in 1977 more
Christine Stitcher became one of the few athletes in Illinois history to qualify for three state meets in one school year when her 10-3 pole vault at the Niles West Sectional sent her to the State Finals Thursday through Saturday at Eastern Illinois University.Earlier this year, Stitcher, a Deerfield High School junior, competed in the State Swim Meet as a diver and in the winter season went to the State Finals in gymnastics participating in the all around event, uneven parallel bars and floor exercise.“I’m very, very excited,” Stitcher said of her second place finish after the meet. “I felt I could qualify for three State Meets, but in a sectional meets anything can happen. It feels so amazing.” Stitcher hopes to achieve a personal best vault next week at the State Meet but has set loftier goals for her senior year where she wants to repeat her achievement. “I want to gain a lot of experience and come back next year and make it to the finals (in all three),” she said.In an era of specialization where young athletes compete with clubs where they are not participating in their one event during the high school season, Stitcher is unique taking the time to excel in three sports.“It makes me really happy to compete in all three,” Stitcher said. “People question me about it. I can do well in all three.” more
Beijing vault 4th placer Derek Miles is making this his fifnal season at age 39. “I still have the same expectations of myself that I had 5-6 years ago.” Miles told the Des Moines Register “As you get a little older, it gets a little bit more difficult to run the same speed you used to be as powerful.But if I didn’t truly feel like I could run out there and jump 19-plus, then I would be done.
Reigning pole vault champ Steve Hooker of Australia now does his training in a secret converted railroad shop, and has gotten rid of the “yips” that sidelined him earlier this year. “We are away from everyone so there’s no one watching. It’s just my team of coaches, sports psychologist and biomechanist,” he told Perthnow. “There are no interruptions from other people in other events, from the weather or restrictions to training hours. I now feel confident on the runway again,” he said. “I feel in control. I feel very confident turning up every session.”
Former indoor American Record holder Mel Mueller is back vaulting at 39 after a 5 year break. “I’m not saying I’m coming out of retirement,” she tweeted. “just that I’m having fun, it keeps me in great shape and we will see what happens.”