Bangkok Post–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. Continue reading
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Green junior Morgan Estes got busy after a disappointing state track & field meet last year.There was no way she was going to repeat 2011. “Last year was awful,” said this year’s Division I state pole vault champion. “I was very mad.” After tying for second place as a freshman, Estes did not make the podium one year ago. And rather than whine, she redoubled her commitment and Saturday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium she achieved her OHSAA state championship goal. “After last year’s state meet, she made up her mind that she wasn’t going to have that happen again,” said Green pole vault coach Eric Allen. “She is the hardest working girl I know. She deserves this championship.” Estes cleared 12-5 and narrowly missed on two attempts at 12-10, which would have surpassed the Green school record of 12-9. Continue reading
(Murrieta Valley’s Peter Chapman — winner in the boys pole vault — rests under an umbrella as temperatures hit 103 degrees.
Two Texas pole vault stars faced off at 17-05.50. The winner was Shawn Barber over defending champ Reese Watson, taking down Watson’s meet record in the process.
Lewis & Clark College, Oregon
Boys Pole Vault
1 Joe Thompson SR Union 15-09.00 5
2 Austin Sodorff SR Woodinville 15-03.00 3
3 Payton Lewis JR Rocky Mountain J15-03.00 1
4 Nathan Dunford JR Mt Baker 14-09.00
5 Jameson Shirley SR Skyview J14-09.00
6 Braden Barranco SO Newport 14-03.00
7 Craig Jones SR Anacortes J14-03.00
8 Woodrow Thomas SR Payette J14-03.00
9 Cameron Ericksen SR Tualatin 13-09.00
10 Dylan Seay SR La Pine J13-09.00
11 Zane Irvine SR West Valley-Yak J13-09.00
12 Nacho Ibarra SR Wapato J13-09.00
13 Preston Kirk JR Silverton J13-09.00
14 Phillip Cardwell JR Franklin 12-09.00
Girls Pole Vault
1 Anandae Clark SR Lakeside-9mi 12-03.00 5
2 Jennifer DeBellis Unattached J12-03.00 3 Continue reading
CLOVIS —- Peter Chapman never felt the pressure. He didn’t feel it when he cleared 16 feet in the pole vault earlier this year, he didn’t when he held the state’s top mark, and he didn’t when he entered the CIF State Track and Field Championships as the No. 2-seeded pole vaulter in the state. He certainly Continue reading
Jenison, Michigan –Martin’s Taylor VanPutten was runner-up in the pole vault Saturday at the Division 4 state meet at Jension High School.
VanPutten and Jaylee Brown of Onekama both cleared 10 feet, but Brown was the winner because she made it over 10 feet again in a jump-off, but VanPutten missed. Both were unable to clear 10-3 in their first tries.
VanPutten actually had gone as high as 10-6 earlier this spring. She cleared 10-6 last month at Gobles in the Southwest Athletic Conference meet and she went 10-5 to set a meet record at the Allegan County meet just last week. She holds the Martin School record at 10-6.
VanPutten last year went 9-3 to finish seventh in the state meet more
CLOVIS — Her goal at the start of the season was to reach 13 feet, 4 inches in the pole vault. Saturday, Presentation sophomore Taylore Jaques did even better and walked away with a state championship.
Jaques’ winning mark at Buchanan High School was 13-41/4.
Jaques had a miss at the opening height of 11-4 and because of that was in third place when the bar was raised to 13-41/4.
But Jaques made up for that early miss when she cleared 13-4¼ on her second attempt.
“She put it together today with a (personal best),” said Warren Jaques, her coach and father. “She knew that’s what she would have to do to win it. It was a great day with good competition to the end.”
Jaques became the first vaulter in the state to clear 13-41/4 and moved into second place nationally.
Only a sophomore, where does she go from here? Continue reading
Buchanan HS – Clovis,CA
Girls Pole Vault
1 Taylor Jaques 10 Presnttn/ cc 4.07m 13-04.25 10
2 McKenzie Johnson 12 Clairmont/sd 3.97m 13-00.25 7
2 Kaitlyn Merritt 9 S Margrta/ss 3.97m 13-00.25 7
4 Mimi Lian 11 Rncho Brn/sd J3.97m 13-00.25 4.50
5 Victoria Rische 12 Foothill/ss J3.97m 13-00.25 4.50
6 Rachel Bolton 12 Homestead/cc 3.76m 12-04.00 3
7 Nicole Falkenstein 12 Buchanan/ce J3.76m 12-04.00 2
8 Megan Gemar 12 Las Lomas/nc 3.61m 11-10.00 1
9 Cimran Virdi 12 Las Lomas/nc J3.61m 11-10.00
10 Sara Greene 12 Mater Dei/ss 3.46m 11-04.25
Boys Pole Vault
1 Peter Chapman 12 Murrieta/ss 4.98m 16-04.00 10
2 Connor Stark 12 Oak Park/ss J4.98m 16-04.00 8
3 Conner Rouse 12 Vista/sd 4.88m 16-00.00 6
4 Steven Pust 12 Gldn Vlly/sj 4.78m 15-08.25 5
5 Ben Gaylord 11 Harv-Wst/ss 4.68m 15-04.25 4
6 Ryan Zacchilli 12 Rncho Brn/sd J4.68m 15-04.25 3
7 Reed White 12 Vacaville/sj J4.68m 15-04.25 2
8 Luigi Colella 10 Westlake /ss 4.52m 14-10.00 1
-- Colin Barber 12 San Ramon/nc NH
Senior’s 13-1 mark sets state record
COLUMBUS — A slight grin, and a reluctant one at that, was the extent of Alyssa McBride’s celebration of her pole vault title at the Division II state track and field championships. Bryan’s McBride vaulted 13 feet, 1 inch, breaking her own all-division state record and besting the runner-up finisher by a astronomical 17 inches. more
One Falcon walked on the track Saturday as a Michigan State champion, as senior Katie Rancourt won the girls pole vault with a jump of 12-6. It was her final time to take home the title in the event after coming in second as a sophomore and fourth last year.“This is awesome. I’ve worked really hard for this,” Rancourt said. “I’m bummed I didn’t get 12-10 (Rancourt’s PR), but it was an awesome feeling to win — I wanted it bad.”On a day when the wind blew strong, Rancourt said it was perfect conditions for her and the rest of the pole vaulters.“The wind was huge for my jump,” said Rancourt, who will jump at the University of Nebraska next year. “It allowed me to get on a bigger pole. This is the best kind of weather for a pole vaulter.”Finishing second to Rancourt was OK Red Conference rival Jordan Keefe of Grand Haven. Keefe ended with a jump of 12 feet. Keefe also finished second in the event last year.“I am really happy with how it all worked out,” said Keefe, who will jump at Michigan State next year. “My goal was to get second or better, so it was good.“Katie is such a good vaulter,” she added. “She is so nice and such a good competitor. It is always a challenge when you vault against her.” more
COLUMBUS – It’s quite a feat to make All-Ohio honors at the Division I OHSAA State Track and Field Championships on the campus of The Ohio State University. However, that’s exactly what Marietta High School senior Paige Grosel did on Saturday afternoon. Grosel, who will be attending OSU and could end up walking on to the Buckeye track team, tied her season best mark of 11 feet, 4 inches in the pole vault, which allowed her to finish in a tie for fifth place, thus earning All-Ohio accolades inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. ”We’re just happy she was All-Ohio and on the podium and that will get her picture on the gym lobby,” said MHS girls head coach Molly Schramm, who is now in her 22nd year of coaching.”We knew this season that she had all the skills and all the work ethic. She just had to go out and perform and make it happen.”According to coach Schramm, the windy day in Columbus wasn’t without some controversy on a few occasions from things the judges decided upon, which ultimately might’ve cost Grosel a fifth place finish all by herself. Continue reading
THIBODAUX, LA –LSU senior pole vaulter Rachel Laurent has one more honor she wants to win before ending her illustrious collegiate career.Laurent, a former Vandebilt Catholic state champion pole vaulter, has earned a reputation as one of the premier pole vaulters in LSU history. She is a four-time All-American, a SEC champion pole vaulter, a seven-time All-SEC selection and the holder of several LSU indoor and outdoor school records.With all of her accomplishments, there is one award that has eluded Laurent — a national championship. Continue reading