LAS CRUCES -Two years ago, Andrew Keppler promised Oñate head coach David Nuñez a state championship in the pole vault.He just needed a new piece of equipment to get it.When Nuñez gave the thumbs up on the purchase, little did the head coach know Keppler would select such a pricey tool to work with.”I said, ‘are you kidding me man? That pole is $689, and that’s without shipping,’” Nuñez said. “And he’s all, ‘coach, you get me that pole, and I guarantee you….I will do everything in my power to win state with it.”‘That was last year – Keppler’s junior campaign as a Knight – and he would suffer a major setback shortly thereafter, breaking his left foot practicing on his new piece of equipment, which cost him the 2011 season.Keppler would recover, however, and kept his word this past weekend, winning the state title by vaulting a height of 14 feet at the 2012 State Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque.And, yes, it was with his new pole. Continue reading
Illinois –Woodstock North Jon Walsh offered his coaches a bold prediction at the end of the 2011 track and field season.“I told them I was going to win [the pole vault at Class 2A] state,” Walsh said. “[Assistant coach] Bruce Farris never lets me forget that one.”Walsh simply declared his intentions to improve, and since he has raised his performance by almost 3 feet, he has lived up to his words so far. The Thunder senior is ranked among the state’s best pole vaulters as he heads to the IHSA Class 2A Richmond-Burton Sectional Meet, which starts at 4 p.m. today.“I’m really excited,” Walsh said. “All summer I was training, almost every single day. I’ve been pretty much living pole vault for the last year.”Walsh also will compete in the high, long and triple jumps, although pole vault is his main event. He has the best vault (15 feet, 6 inches) and long jump (22-1) in the Northwest Herald Track and Field Honor Roll, which chronicle’s the area’s top performances of the seasonWalsh scored 11 1/2 of the Thunder’s 15 1/2 points in the McHenry County Meet last month, and scored 21 of North’s 28 points in Friday’s Fox Valley Conference Invitational.“At the end of last season he started to realize his potential,” Thunder coach John Fredericks said. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but with the things he has done, he should make the finals [at state] in Charleston.”Walsh should become North’s first boys qualifier for the IHSA Boys Track and Field State Meet, which will be next Friday and Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium. If he Continue reading
Pole vault— 1, Nick Dalton, Bear Creek, 15-09; 2, Josh Holland, Arapahoe, 14-06; 3, Mackenzie Felkley, Boulder, 14-06; 4 (tie), Austin Walter, Rocky Mountain, 14-00; Dalton Vickles, ThunderRidge, 14-00; 6 (tie), Jordan Hatfield, Regis Jesuit, 13-06; Nolan Ellis, Chaparral, 13-06; 8, Ryan Reasoner, Chaparral, 13-06; 9, Mitchell Waltz, Cherokee Trail, 13-00 Pole vault— 1, Lauren Santi, Lakewood, 11-06; 2, Lauren Brunsdale, Lakewood, 11-00; 3, Mikeala Lodl, Lakewood, 10-06; 4, Megan McCabe, Cherry Creek, 10-06; 5 (tie), McKenzie Patarino, Lakewood, 10-00; Paris Duhamel, Arapahoe, 10-00; 7 (tie), Zoe Robb, Boulder, 10-00; Madison Gomer, Ralston Valley, 10-00; 9 (tie), Emily Cleary, Fossil Ridge, 10-00; Lisa Bohannon, Loveland 10-00; Anna Loken, Grandview, 10-00 more
Men Pole Vault
1 Samuels, K’Don South Plains 4.94m 16-02.50 10
2 Woelfel, Miles Scottsdale CC 4.84m 15-10.50 8
3 Rosson, Cody Cowley County CC J4.84m 15-10.50 6
4 Arnold, Luke Johnson County CC 4.69m 15-04.50 5
5 Valcin, Rick Cowley County CC J4.69m 15-04.50 4
6 Phillips, Josh Cowley County CC J4.69m 15-04.50 3
7 Parsons, Lex Hutchinson CC 4.54m 14-10.75 2
8 Tolbert, Derek Scottsdale CC 4.39m 14-04.75 0.50
8 Johnston, Jesse Paradise Valley 4.39m 14-04.75 0.50
10 Costello, Michael Paradise Valley J4.39m 14-04.75
11 Tonnesen, Pau Mesa CC J4.39m 14-04.75
11 Becker, Dakota Hutchinson CC J4.39m 14-04.75
– Escobar, Francisco Monroe College NH
– Vasquez, Juan South Plains NH
– Clark, Nicholas Mesa CC NH
Women Pole Vault
1 Bartnovskaya, Natalia Vincennes 4.21m 13-09.75 10
2 Stuhlsatz, Page Hutchinson CC 3.70m 12-01.50 8
3 Eklund, Kaylee Johnson County CC 3.50m 11-05.75 6
4 Groves, Ashley Paradise Valley 3.35m 10-11.75 5
5 Saddoris, Reisa Iowa Western CC J3.35m 10-11.75 4
6 Jones, Shannon Glendale CC J3.35m 10-11.75 3
7 Lewis, Ashleigh Vincennes 3.20m 10-06.00 1
7 Andrews, Niki Cowley County CC 3.20m 10-06.00 1
7 Quick, Devon Paradise Valley 3.20m 10-06.00 1
10 Peoples, Kadie Cowley County CC J3.20m 10-06.00
11 Tingle, Jessica Johnson County CC J3.20m 10-06.00
11 Hutchins, Shelbie South Plains J3.20m 10-06.00
13 Harris, Kristen Cloud County CC 3.05m 10-00.00
14 Hageman, Courtney Paradise Valley J3.05m 10-00.00
– Pew, Susan Mesa CC NH
St Louis, MI –He was in seventh grade and all arms and legs.One look was enough to see Conrad Bollinger was built to run long and far, but really, who settles on a specialty at 13? He was as likely to be an astronaut as a middle-distance runner, as likely to be a wide receiver in the NFL as a playwright. At 13, Bollinger was keeping his options open.And then he stumbled upon a group of athletes pole vaulting.”I was just watching some other guys do it, and I thought, ‘That looks like the coolest thing,’” Bollinger said.Cool in almost any situation, the pole vault is something more for Bollinger these days. With a career-best vault of 14 feet, 9 inches, the Principia senior is one of the state’s top vaulters. Saturday, he’ll duel two-time defending champ Mike Grinde of Monroe City for the Class 2 state title.
All eyes will be on the vault. It could be one of the turning points in the boys state championships
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Boys Pole Vault
1 Walsh, Cole Brophy Colle 16-05.00
2 Starkey, Garrett Basha J16-05.00
3 Wallace, William Salpointe Ca 15-03.00
4 Arsenau, Matt Desert Vista J15-03.00
5 Childress, Adrian Copper Canyo J15-03.00
6 Marshall, Scott Desert Vista 14-06.00
7 Miller, Jack Casa Grande J14-06.00
8 Smith, Cody Basha J14-06.00
8 Williams, Keith Payson J14-06.00
8 Schillinger, Mark Brophy Colle J14-06.00
11 Duckworth, Timothy Arcadia J14-06.00
12 Giles, Jon Desert Vista J14-06.00
13 Johnson, Steve Red Mountain 13-09.00
13 Sopeland, Levi Payson 13-09.00
13 Fletcher, Eric Gilbert 13-09.00
13 Kennedy, Tommy Desert Vista 13-09.00
16 Foster, Aidan Desert Vista J13-09.00
16 Tobin, Justin Desert Vista J13-09.00 Continue reading
Moon Valley head coach Brian Raper took over pole vaulting coaching duties too for retiring coach Ken Anderson. Raper was a total success bringing senior Brad Linder from 11-6 to 6th in state and a 14-0 vault. He also coached talented sophomore Will Hooper into a tie for second place in state with a PR of 15-0 and successfully brought along junior Tyler Cone to a PR of 14-0. Raper had three vaulters over 14-0 in Arizona Division II, quite a feat. On the girl’s side he brought along a talented frosh, Lilie Ledesma getting her to state her first year of vaulting. Thanks to Raper, Moon Valley has a great year ahead in 2013 with Cone and Hooper ranked in the top 5 in State and then Sophomore Ledesma ranked number 7. Other Rocket news—Will Hooper is taking up football. The coaches have big plans for him the next two years. Tyler Cone is beginning his summer odyssey of pole vault camps from California to Georgia. And Brad Linder is preparing for his freshman year at NAU.
His name was Jude Sangillo and he was Lower Cape May’s pole vaulter in 1997.
Why is he the answer to a trivia question? Because he was the last pole vaulter not from Ocean City High School to win the Cape May County championship.
A big reason for that success is John Oberg, the volunteer OCHS pole vaulting coach. Since Oberg began working with the Ocean City vaulters, the Raiders are 15-0 in the county meet, 24-0 if you count the girls pole vault.
“He has been a great part of our program,” said Ocean City coach Matt Purdue. “We think he might be the best pole vault coach in the state. He’s done a great job with our vaulters but he also helps out kids on other teams, too. Its remarkable the number of state finalists he’s coached.” Continue reading
Arkansas freshman Andrew Irwin qualified for the Olympic Trials this past weekend at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Irwin cleared 5.72 meters, or 18 feet, 9.25 inches on his final attempt. That gives him an “A” standard and automatically qualifies him for the Olympic Trials in June.
Irwin’s vault also set an American junior record.
The Mount Ida, Arkansas native had already locked up the SEC title by clearing 5.62 meters, or 18 feet, 5.25 inches. more
Where balletic and athletic meet to create ballistic movement
The ability to accelerate, change directions quickly, and jump high are all directly related to explosive power. The common misconception of explosive power is often mistaken for how much weight the athlete can move.
Unfortunately, Much of this weight is improperly lifted technically for the sake of lifting more weight. The growing sentiment in most strength and conditioning programs is based upon the term “building a bigger engine”. The ability to be dynamic and explosive in athletics are directly affected by Rate of Force Development (ROFD or RFD). Their is a necessity in athletics for the ability to start, stop and change directions quickly. When an individual possesses these skills he or she is typically termed athletic or skilled. I define this as heightened body awareness, and high ROFD. What many of the so called gurus don’t understand is this type of dynamic skill isn’t developed by just applying more weight to a bar and squatting lower, nor is it gained by loudly stomping your feet when performing Olympic lifts.
Unfortunately bigger and stronger doesn’t guarantee faster. In most cases there is significantly more benefit to decreasing body weight and improving the strength to weight ratio. Performing the specific necessity at a higher rate of speed can only attain high skill and speed acquisition. Contrary to most thoughts and beliefs an individual can yield high strength gains without lifting extreme weights. Continue reading
Ellis, the Canadian pole vaulting record holder and former Olympian, is still nagged by what-ifs over a career sparkling with highlights but cut short by injuries. But the Kitchener native knows that was in the past — she has a new life now.
On Saturday, Ellis will officially begin a new chapter in her post-athletics career. She’ll become Dr. Ellis, graduating with her medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Ellis, 32, enrolled in medical school in 2008, shortly after giving up her bid to qualify for the Beijing Olympics because of injuries. She threw herself into her studies with the same work ethic and focus she did as an athlete, graduating at the top of her class.
She spent two years at St. Matthew’s School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands, before transferring to Tulane, where her husband and fellow pole vaulter Continue reading
Canada –The Trinity Western University track and field team will enter the world of CIS women’s pole vaulting this fall.
Last Thursday, May 9, Spartans’ track and field coach Laurier Primeau announced the signing of top-flight Australian vaulter Rebecca Marchant of Blackburn, Melbourne.
The 5’8″ graduate of East Doncaster Secondary School (2011) and transfer from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has a personal best pole vault of four metres, a clearance that, if vaulted here this past season, would have won her a Canada West gold medal and a CIS silver medal.
And, for a 19-year-old, there is no currently competing Canadian who has jumped within 10 centimetres of her personal best, a height that, if she was Canadian, would have her tied for the second best junior women’s vault of all time.
“Sometimes, when recruiting, finding the right performance, academic and faith combination for Trinity Western University is a welcome challenge, and sometimes, through God’s work, things seem to fall into place for us,” Primeau said. “The addition of Rebecca to our team is an example of the latter. Not only is she an excellent pole vaulter, but she also has an incredibly high academic standard and, beyond that, has shown a heart for serving through her help with homeless and disadvantaged youth.” Continue reading
When there’s nowhere else to go but up, that’s where Swede senior Erica Houchin goes … up.For the third straight week, Houchin has set a new school record in the pole vault.At the B-6 district meet at Gothenburg on Thursday, Houchin cleared 10-foot-8 to surpass her previous best of 10-6 achieved last week.Before that, she vaulted over 10-2.5 at the conference meet to take her place at the top of the all-time Swede standings.“Erica is vaulting very well right now,” said Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves. “She has a very good shot at a medal at state.”Houchin finished second in the event behind Abigail Mohr of McCook, whose best vault was also 10-8 but with fewer previous misses.Five other Swedes will join Houchin in Omaha this week for the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships at Burke Stadium Friday and Saturday. more