When Megan Clark vaulted 12 feet, 2 inches at the track and field state meet May 4, she set a new class AAA girls high school record for Georgia.The year before, the record was 12 feet.“This is my first state record,” she said. “I have three state titles, but I’ve never broken a state record before so that was special to me, and I was excited that my family and my coaches could be there for it.” The record ended her high school track and field career on a high note. She graduated Saturday from Columbus High School and will be pole vaulting at Duke this fall. In the interim, she’ll be competing at nationals in June, along with other meets throughout the season.“Ultimately, my goal is to go to the Olympics,” said the 17-year-old, “but I hope in the next couple years to better my technique and increase my height because I’ll just be focusing on pole vault.”Auspicious beginnings “I actually used to be a gymnast,” Clark said. “A lot of vaulters were gymnasts because you get more of the kinesthetic awareness, because you’re used to turning upside down and you’re used to going through the air. It doesn’t scare you as much.” Continue reading
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Pole Vault – Men
1 Lavillenie , Renaud FRA 5.82 4
2 Mesnil , Romain FRA 5.72 2
3 Mohr , Malte GER 5.72 1
4 Otto , Björn GER 5.60
5 Lewis , Steven GBR 5.60
6 da Silva , Fábio BRA 5.42
6 Hooker , Steven AUS 5.42
8 Stecchi , Claudio ITA 5.42
8 Wojciechowski , Pawel POL 5.42
A PODIUM finish would be a dream come true for Alana Boyd in London, but even the pole vaulter admits she would likely have to better her Australian record to achieve it.
Boyd became the highest soaring Australian female in late February when she cleared 4.76m at an intraclub meet at the WA Athletics Centre, bettering the previous national record of Kym Howe at 4.72m. Continue reading
AUSTRALIA’S Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker is 40cm and a truckload of confidence away from the level he will need to reach to be competitive at the London Olympic Games in just two months. Continue reading
Williams siblings lead Day 1 multis Kendell Williams, a junior from Kell (Marietta, Ga.) led the heptathlon with 3468 points, breaking the first day record of GSW record holder Ryann Krais. Williams is on pace to beat Krais’ national junior class record of 5377 points. Williams already owns the national freshman and sophomore class records and has won the last two national multi events — the heptathlon at New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, N.C. last June and the pentathlon at New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York last March.
Kendell’s brother Devon, a senior, leads the decathlon with 3706 points, followed by Caden Dortch UT 3333, Dylan Leutz 3313, Spencer Stockton NV 3270, and Austin Walashek AZ 3178
Decathlon: #1 Boys 100 Meter Dash Decathlon
1 518 Stockton, Spencer SR Nevada 11.20 0.2 2 817
2 701 Leutz, Dylan SR Unattached 11.28 0.7 3 799
3 703 Williams, Devon SR Unattached 11.29 -0.1 1 797
4 672 Mahler, Wolf JR Texas 11.38 0.7 3 778
5 446 Manzaneres, Dillon SR Colorado 11.41 -0.1 1 771
6 670 Jazdyk, Steven SO Texas 11.53 0.2 2 746
7 432 Walashek, Austin SO Arizona 11.70 0.2 2 711
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Flight 1 of 2 Finals
1 636 Lookout, Dillon SR Oklahoma NH _______
2 582 Lindsey, Bailey SR New Mexico 11-00.00 _______
3 576 Jones, Kent New Mexico 13-00.00 _______
4 556 Draper, Colton New Mexico 13-00.00 _______
5 624 Sward, Jeffery SR New Mexico 13-00.00 _______
6 497 Crieger, Nate JR Nevada 13-03.00 _______
7 519 Tilley, Austin SO Nevada 13-04.00 _______ Continue reading
New Jersey –Ryan Potter couldn’t be happier he took up pole vaulting for North Hunterdon High School four years ago.
Really couldn’t be happier.
“North Hunterdon pole vault is the best thing to happen to me in high school,” the senior said. “It made me better as an athlete and gave me a lot of confidence not only in sports but in academics and my social life too.”
That would be a wonderful result of a scholastic athletic career in itself, even if Potter never cleared 10 feet — but in Potter’s case he’s done a whole lot more.
The Clinton Township resident enters this weekend’s NJSIAA Group 4 state meet at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Old Bridge as the top seed in the pole vault. Continue reading
Nipomo High senior pole vaulter Tevin Limon is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent today to compete for the Cal State Northridge track and field team.
He became a three-time Los Padres League title winner in the pole vault this season after clearing a personal-best 15 feet.
Limon, who is the school record holder in the pole vault at Nipomo, also cleared 14-3 at the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 final but did not qualify for Masters.
Limon’s signing will coincide with linebacker J.T. Wells’ declaration to play football at Division III’s Willamette University in Salem, Ore
yahoonews –Australia’s Olympic champion Steve Hooker said he was encouraged by finishing sixth in his latest pole vault competition at the Rome Diamond League meet, according to reports.In his second international competition since returning from a bout of the runway “yips” that forced him out of the Australian domestic season, Hooker Thursday cleared 5.42 metres, 58 centimetres short of his personal outdoor best. Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie demonstrated how far Hooker needs to progress before next month’s London Olympics, clearing 5.82m.”I’ve come here and I’ve done some good training. The body is feeling good and I’m working with the physio over here,” Hooker told the Athletics Australia website.”I had a really good warm-up. Everything went according to plan up until 5.60m where I had that stop on the first attempt, which probably cost me.”Hooker said he would be working on further improvement for his next competition in Munich on June 5.Hooker won the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008, the 2009 world title, the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medals and the 2010 world indoor championships
WEST LAFAYETTE — Ridgewood senior Chris Saylor has had his sights on the school’s pole vault record since he was in junior high.Joe Fleming’s mark of 13-9 3/4 had been untouchable for 32 years. But at only the second meet of the season March 27, Saylor finally reached his goal. He topped Fleming’s height with a leap of 13-10, setting a new personal and school record.That same day, Fleming got the news almost immediately. He got two calls and a text telling him his record was finally broken.Somebody better call Fleming again. In the past two weeks, Saylor bested his own recently- claimed record twice. He cleared 14-0 feet at the Division III district meet in Newcomerstown May 18 and topped that with a 14-6 1/2 leap at the regional meet at Navarre Wednesday. “I was really excited,” Saylor said. “To get a new PR (personal record) two meets in a row, I was ecstatic.” Continue reading