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Jack Whitt, Jr., Oral Roberts, men’s pole vault champion, PR of 18-6½ (5.65m)
On feeling some discomfort today: “I wouldn’t say I was sick, but I definitely had a very sharp pain in my stomach. I don’t know if it was nerves or something I ate, or lack of eating, but I’m just glad I did what I did and got the ‘W’ for Oral Roberts.”
On the winning vault: “I was just happy that I brought my A-game today. I felt a little shaky in the first few bars, but I pulled it out when it mattered.”
On winning with a knot in his stomach and doing more vaults than he’s done all season: “It definitely took more vaults than I’m used to. I knew coming in, I had a pretty good shot, but I was going to have to jump my best. And last week at Oral Roberts, I jumped A [Olympic trials] standard; so you know I had a little bit of an edge on everybody else I could say. But everybody else came out and half the field PRed, so it took my best to pull it out.
Katerina Stefanidi, Sr., Stanford, champion, women’s pole vault, tied meet record clearing 14-7¼ (4.45m) on her first attempt (NCAA Outdoor Record: 4.45m, three other vaulters)
Stefanidi has finished as high as second at the NCAA meet and was third at both last year’s NCAA outdoor championships and this winter’s indoor championships.
On her winning performance: “I had a weird meet. I didn’t start out well. I think I was very nervous and it just got better and better as the height went higher.”
On her reaction to being an NCAA champion: “The first thing that I thought when I won was, ‘Finally.’ I mean I was third, I was second, I was third again, I was fourth and fifth. So I’ve been pretty close.”
On the perfect night for vaulting: “Yeah it was pretty good. The wind was kind of turning a little, so we had these little wind gauges and it was showing that the wind was so bad, but there was no wind on the track. I was really confused. But it was really good, particularly compared to last year.” more
1 246 RENAUD LAVILLENIE FRA 5m82
2 243 LUKASZ MICHALSKI POL 5m62
3 244 ROMAIN MESNIL FRA 5m52
3 241 KONSTADINOS FILIPPIDIS GRE 5m52
5 240 KARSTEN DILLA GER 5m42
6 245 STEVEN HOOKER AUS 5m42
7 238 EMILE DENECKER FRA 5m42
8 242 5m22 JEROME CLAVIER FRA
9 237 VALENTIN LAVILLENIE FRA 5m22
1 40 ALEKSANDRA KIRYASHOVA RUS 4m50
2 41 VANESSA BOSLAK FRA 4m20
2 37 CATHRINE LARSASEN NOR 4m20
4 38 MARION LOTOUT FRA 4m10
NC 39 MARION BUISSON FRA XXX
VILLENEUVE-D’ASCQ, France: France’s Renaud Lavillenie underlined his Mr Consistent tag with another assured pole vaulting display here on Saturday.Just two days after winning the Oslo Diamond League meet, Lavillenie won with a best of 5.82 metres to fire another broadside at potential rivals for the Olympic vaulting crown at next month’s London Olympics.Australian Steve Hooker, the defending Olympic champion from Beijing, continued his stilted comeback from injury, albeit with a heart-in-mouth moment. Hooker failed to plant his pole at 5.22m and left himself with a do-or-die third and final vault at the distance, which he just managed.He then failed at 5.52m, his best vault recorded at 5.42m, 10cm lower than the height at which Lavillenie even entered competition
OLYMPIC pole vault champion Steve Hooker’s underwhelming London Games build-up has continued. The Australian cleared 5.42m (17-8) to finish sixth at an event in Lille that was won by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, the hot favourite to take Hooker’s Olympic crown in London. It was a good deal better than his best of 5.20m at a street meet in Munich’s Odeon Square on Tuesday, but a long way off what will be required to win a medal next month at the Games. Hooker’s 5.42m mark was 10cm lower than the height at which Lavillenie even entered competition. And it could have been a lot worse. Hooker had a heart-in-mouth moment when he failed to plant his pole at 5.22m and left himself with a do-or-die third and final vault at the distance, which he just managed. Lavillenie won with a best of 5.82m, firing another broadside at potential rivals for the Olympic vaulting crown just two days after winning the Oslo Diamond League meet. Since sealing his spot on the Australian Olympic team with a clearance of 5.72m at his special indoor training facility in Perth last month, Hooker has struggled.He did not register a clearance in difficult wet conditions at the May 20 Diamond League meet in Shanghai and was equal-sixth at last week’s Rome Diamond League with 5.42m. Lavillenie tops the 2012 world indoor (5.95m) and outdoor (5.90m) rankings. source
Women’s Pole Vault
Men’s Pole Vault
Nico Weiler broke his own school and New England collegiate record in the pole vault Friday (Ivy League Athletics).
DES MOINES, Iowa – Representing the Harvard track and field team at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor track and field championships, junior Nico Weiler shattered his own school record in the pole vault, placing fourth in the competition Friday. Weiler was one of 24 vaulters in the field and the only student-athlete from a Northeastern school. Continue reading
Rreturning to the vault wars for this first competition since 2009, Tommy Skipper no heighted at the Oregon Twilight meet. The 2004 NCAA champ while at Oregon hopes to be able to jump in the trials.
Four trackstars were among the 11 new members of the USOC Hall of Fame. James Connolly (first modern Olympics champ 1894), Gail Devers (2-time 100 winner), Ed Temple (1960 and 1964 Women’s head coach) and Dan Obrien (1996 dccathlon).
South Carolina’s high school federation decided not to impliment an indoor season.
Sergey Bubka laid the foundation stone for a new stadiium to be named after the vault legend in the Serbian town of Smederovo.
PAC-12 announcer Paul Swangard, after Rebecca Friday had qualified for two last day finals on the first day of the meet, “So we’ll see Friday twice on Sunday after two races on Saturday.”
German vaulter Malte Mohr, last year’s number 4 world ranker, injured a knee at the Shanghai Diamond League.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Eastern Illinois track and field closed out the collegiate portion of its schedule on Friday evening with sophomore Mick Viken competing in the pole vault at the NCAA National Championships.
Viken placed 12th in the men’s pole vault on Friday evening in the event hosted by Drake University. Viken was among seven competitors that cleared 17’4.25″ with Viken having the third fewest misses among those seven more
source: Track & Field News
- 17-8 Shawn Barber 12 (Texas)
- 17-7 Reese Watson 12 (Texas)
- 17-6 1/2 Jacob Blankenship 12 (Ohio)
- 17-2 1/4 Dylan Bell 12 (Texas)
- 17-0 Garrett Starkey 12 (Arizona)
- 16-8 Austin Eckeroth 12 (California)
- 16-7 Colin Barber 12 (California)
- 16-7 Davin Murphee 11 (Texas)
- 13-6 Jessie Johnson 12 (Texas)
- 13-4 Ashley Thompson 12 (Texas)
- 13-3 Kaitlyn Merritt 9 (California)
- 13-3 Lakan Taylor 11 (Texas)
- 13-2 1/2 Kimyanna Rudolph 12 (Illinois)
- 13-2 Sarah Bell 11 (Texas)
- 13-2 McKenzie Johnson 12 (California)
- 13-1/2 Alyssa McBride 12 (Ohio)
- 13-1/4 Larissa Debich 12 (Pennsylvania)
- 13-1/4 Brittany Hull 10 (Illinois)
- 16-6 1/2 Peter Chapman 12 (California)
- 16-6 1/4 Richard Foxworth 12 (Mississippi)
Drake Relays –(Mall) 1. Walker 18-9 1/4; Suhr 15-7– 1.Roth 17-7 1/4;Suhr 15-7–University–Viken 17-8 1/2Reibold 13-7 1/4
Penn Relays –Reize 18-1; Sutej 14-3 1/4
- Friday, June 22 5:30 pm Women’s Vault qualifying
- Saturday, June 23 12:30 pm Decathlon Men’s Vault
- Sunday, June 24 2:25 pm Women’s Vault Finals
- Monday, June 25 5:30pm Men’s Vault qualifying
- Thursday, June 28 5:05pm Men’s Vault Finals
World — 6.14 (20-1 1/4) Sergey Bubka Ukraine) 1994; 5.06 (16-7 1/4) Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) 2005
American — 6.04 (19-9 3/4) Brad Walker 2008; 4.92 (16-1 3/4) Jenn Suhr 2008
Olympic Trials — 5.90 (19-4 1/4) Tim Mack 2004; 4.92 (16-1 3/4) Jenn Suhr 2008
by Dave Johnson of Track & Field News –
Men: 1. Brad Walker; 2. Derek Miles; 3. Andrew Irwin; 4. Scott Roth; 5. Jeremy Scott; 6. Mark Hollis; 7. Jordan Scott; 8. Jack Whitt; 9. Jason Colwick; 10. Jacob Pauli
Women: 1. Jenn Suhr 2. Lacy Jansen 3. April Steiner-Bennett 4.. Mary Saxer 5. Kylie Hutson 6. Becky Holliday 7. Morgann Leleux 8. Shade Weygandt 9. Katy Viuf 10. Samantha Sonnenberg