If she hits 11-6, she’ll get scholarship—As she looks ahead to sprinting down the runway for Western Carolina University, former Swansboro High School pole vaulter Korie Bennett will have a goal and a purpose in mind. The goal: 11 feet, 6 inches. The purpose: to earn a scholarship.Bennett, who won the NCHSAA 2-A pole vault title with a personal-best jump of 10-6 in May, isn’t on scholarship — yet. But the 17-year-old, who with a 4.78 grade point average and was her graduating class’s salutatorian at Swansboro, is confident she can make the grade at Western Carolina.“Right now I have a walk-on position to pole vault, and they told me I can get a scholarship if I jump 11-6 at any time during my four years I’m there,” Bennett said. “So that’s my goal right now, and I’m not too far away from it. I’m ready and excited to see what I can do and how much better I can get this upcoming season.” more
Kokomo, Indiana –The small north-central Indiana burgs of Michigantown and Russiaville seem like an improbable epicenter for the sport of pole vaulting, but after an examination of the facts, it’s hard to refute. What started as Max Richey’s brainchild in 1962 has grown into success at the high school and collegiate levels that other regions have trouble comparing to. Fifty years later, it’s grown into one of the main attractions of the Haynes-Apperson Sports Festival. Organized and executed by Richey’s grandsons and local residents Randy Everetts and Bill Burkholder, the 100 block of N. Union St. in downtown Kokomo served as the site for Saturday’s second-annual H-A Street Vault event. “We love getting involved in local events such as this,” said Michael Griffy, who co-owns and operates Richey Athletics with brothers Steven and Michael. “Basically, our goal is to do anything we can do to help keep pole vaulting alive. You see events like this happening around [Indiana], and that lets you know that pole vaulting is still going and people are still interested. As long as people are still interested we still have a business. We just love being involved and being able to provide a pit for people to come out and jump.” more
Men Pole Vault
1 Wurster, Jason 84 York Univers 5.25m
2 Foley, David 84 Sherbrooke J5.25m
3 Theodore, Deryk 89 Edmonton Int 5.15m
4 Barber, Shawnacy 94 Project Athl 4.85m
5 Vu, Ryan 88 Unattached B J4.85m
6 Creighton, Doug 85 U of Toronto T.C J4.85m
7 Allen, Spencer 93 Kamloops Tra 4.70m
Women Pole Vault
1 Blouin, Mélanie 90 Club Athleti 4.35m$ 10
2 Dressler, Victoria 85 Winnipeg Opt 4.30m 8
3 Dockendorf, Carly B. 83 Unattached B 4.20m 6
4 Duclos-Lasnier, Gabriell 88 Sherbrooke 4.10m 5
5 Maaten, Dayna 85 U OF Windsor 4.00m 4
6 Bergevin, Lindsey 89 Edmonton Int 3.90m 3
7 Stephenson, Kimberly 91 Ucac J3.90m 2
8 Kupper, Sue 84 Edmonton Int 3.80m 1
Because of qualifying-standards shortfalls, not all events will have 3 members.
|100||Carmelita Jeter||Tianna Madison||Allyson Felix|
|200||Allyson Felix||Carmelita Jeter||Sanya Richards-Ross|
|400||Sanya Richards-Ross||DeeDee Trotter||Francena McCorory|
|800||Alysia Montaño||Geena Gall||Alice Schmidt|
|1500||Morgan Uceny||Shannon Rowbury||Jenny Simpson|
|Steeple||Emma Coburn||Bridget Franek||Shalaya Kipp|
|5000||Julie Culley||Molly Huddle||Kim Conley|
|10,000||Amy Hastings||Lisa Uhl||Janet Cherobon-Bawcom|
|100H||Dawn Harper||Kellie Wells||Lolo Jones|
|400H||Lashinda Demus||Georganne Moline||T’Erea Brown|
|Mar||Shalane Flanagan||Desiree Davila||Kara Goucher|
|HJ||Chaunté Lowe||Brigetta Barrett||Amy Acuff|
|PV||Jenn Suhr||Becky Holliday||Lacy Janson|
|LJ||Brittney Reese||Chelsea Hayes||Janay DeLoach|
|SP||Jillian Camarena-Williams||Michelle Carter||Tia Brooks|
|DT||Stephanie Brown Trafton||Aretha Thurmond||Gia Lewis-Smallwood|
|HT||Amber Campbell||Amanda Bingson||Jessica Cosby|
|JT||Brittany Borman||Kara Patterson||Rachel Yurkovich|
|Hept||Hyleas Fountain||Sharon Day||Chantae McMillan|
Because of qualifying-standards shortfalls, not all events will have 3 members.
- 100 Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey
- 200 Wallace Spearmon, Maurice Mitchell, Isiah Young
- 400 LaShawn Merritt,Tony McQuay, Bryshon Nellum
- 800 Nick Symmonds, Khadevis Robinson, Duane Solomon
- 1500 Leonel Manzano Matthew Centrowitz Andrew Wheating
- Steeple Evan Jager, Donn Cabral , Kyle Alcorn
- 5000 Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong
- 10,000 Galen Rupp, Matt Tegenkamp, Dathan Ritzenhein
- 110H Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson, Jeff Porter
- 400H Michael Tinsley, Angelo Taylor, Kerron Clement
- Mar Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman
- 20W Trevor Barron
- 50W John Nunn
- HJ Jamie Nieto, Erik Kynard, Jesse Williams
- PV Brad Walker, Jeremy Scott, Derek Miles
- LJ Marquise Goodwin, Will Claye, George Kitchens
- TJ Christian Taylor, Will Clay
- SP Reese Hoffa, Ryan Whiting, Christian Cantwell
- DT Lance Brooks, Jarred Rome, Jason Young
- HT Kibwé Johnson, A.G. Kruger
- JT Craig Kinsley, Sean Furey, Cyrus Hostetler
- Dec Ashton Eaton, Trey Hardee
July 2 – The medals to be awarded during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be stored in secure vaults at the Tower of London after being handed over tonight and placed in the same place as where the Crown Jewels are kept.
The gold, silver and bronze medals which will be awarded to the athletes at Games-times, will be securely locked away in the famous vaults in the Jewel House after being delivered to them by Rio Tinto, the mining company responsible for the production of the precious metals for London 2012.
They will remain there until they are needed for the Victory Ceremonies.
“To the athletes competing to win these medals they are as precious as the Crown Jewels, so it is fitting that they should be stored for safe keeping in the same iconic location,” said Hugh Robertson, the Sport and Olympics Minister.
In total, 4,700 medals have been produced and will be awarded in 805 Victory Ceremonies that will take place in over 30 London 2012 venues across the UK
The medals were handed over during a ceremonial event here at which the final medals arrived and were taken down to the vaults by Rio Tinto chairman, Jan du Plessis (pictured below), and Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 chairman. more
Helsinki, Finland – Bathed in warm sunshine – in stark contrast to the previous day – the Helsinki crowd was treated to a world leading Pole Vault jump by Renaud Lavillenie and a fine display of quality hurdling by Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov.
In fabulous duel, Lavillenie prevails
Lavillenie won a memorable Pole Vault – after an opening failure at 5.60m – with a world leading 5.97m, pushed all the way by 34-year-old German, Björn Otto who cleared a personal best 5.92m. Germans filled the next two places, Ralph Holzdeppe taking bronze (5.77m) and Malte Mohr fourth.
“I wasn’t expecting to jump so high,” admitted Lavillenie. “It was very long, it was very hard for me.
“It was difficult at the beginning, but I felt better and better during the competition. A lot of jumps were into a head-wind and that is not good for us. more
DYLAN BELL | Alvarado, Texas | Alvarado High School
Texas 3A state champion in the pole vault as a senior…was the state runner-up as a junior…set a new meet record in the pole vault at the Air Force High School Invitational (15’6″)…placed second at the 2012 Texas Relays with a season-best clearance of 17’2¾”…that mark was ranked second in the U.S. for high school athletes…finished fourth at the New Balance Indoor National Championships.
JAKE LAZAS | Brentwood, Tenn. | Brentwood High School
Won the national title in the pentathlon at the New Balance Indoor National Championships…two-time Tennessee high school state champion in the decathlon…scored a personal-best 7.299 points in the state’s version of that event…also won the long jump at the AAA State Championship meet…coached by Gary Kindler, who won the decathlon at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials…older brother Kevin holds the American Junior Record in the decathlon and finished third in the decathlon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships during his sophomore year at Arkansas. more
CALGARY, Alberta — Shawn Barber, a Kingwood Park (Houston, Texas) senior and Canadian/American dual citizen who has had an outstanding year in the pole vault, was fourth Friday in his bid to make the Canadian Olympic team in the event.
Barber cleared just 15-11 during the Canadian Trials final. Not only would he have had to place in the top three to make the team, but also have cleared the Olympic ‘A’ (18-9.25) or ‘B’ (18-4.5) standards. However, Barber’s international opportunities will continue as he is listed for the Canadian team for the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, July 10-15, according to athletics.ca, where he will be a medal contender.
Barber’s 2012 has been quite the odyssey, beginning with a shocking 17-6.5 at the Texas A&M Indoor Classic in January where he beat his previous PR by a foot and became #2 all-time on the indoor list (#3 presently). He won the Simplot Games at 17-2.75, then placed second at the New Balance Nationals Indoor.
Outdoors, his best again came early with a US#1 17-8 (#11 all-time) in a low-key relay meet in Texas in March. He racked up several major titles, including the Texas Relays (17-6.5), Texas 4A state meet (16-0), Great Southwest (17-5.5), and New Balance Nationals Outdoor (16-4). The same weekend as NBNO, he also competed at USATF Junior Nationals (even though he wasn’t trying to represent Team USA) and was sixth (his only outdoor loss). more
Renaud Lavillenie fired out a broadside at Olympic pole vault contenders by defending his European title on Sunday with a soaring best of 5.97 metres, a height that cemented his world number one ranking. Lavillenie entered the competition at 5.60m – with seven of the 12-strong field already out, needing two efforts to pass that before opting out until 5.77m, which he sailed over. He vaulted 5.82 at the third time of asking in a duel of gamemanship with German Bjorn Otto, who passed at 5.87, which Lavillenie cleared in his first effort. Both vaulters were then successful at 5.92m, Lavillenie upping the ante when he sailed over a world lead of 5.97m in brilliant sunshine and still conditions at the Olympic Stadium. Otto passed but failed his three efforts at 6.02m, as did Lavillenie. more
Boise State decathlete Kurt Felix will represent his native Grenada at the London Olympics. He’s also the NCAA outdoor national decathlon champion, where he set a personal record in pole vault; which had been his worst of the ten events.
“My pole vault was really, really terrible,” admitted Felix. Much of that stemmed from a 2009 incident when a pole broke on Felix mid-jump. It shattered his confidence.
At the NCAA indoor national championships this March, Felix no-heighted in three straight pole vault attempts. He was competing on an injured ankle – but no score derailed his chances at winning a national heptathlon title.
“I’ve been working with coach [James] Litchfield and improved a lot this year,” Felix said.
He said he’s found the sweet spot in length of his approach run. source
European Championships – Renaud Lavillenie 6.02m
This was his second and best attempt at 6.02m
47. Becky Holliday, Women’s Track & Field Pole Vault
Becky Holliday, out of the University of Oregon, has been training for 10 years to achieve her Olympic dream. The years of working as a server and a bagger at the airport to fund her training finally paid off, because her second place finish in the pole vault at trials earned her a spot on at the 2012 Olympics in London.
15. Ashton Eaton, Men’s Decathlon
Who knows how official any of these titles are, but the Washington Times officially crowned Ashton Eaton the new “world’s greatest athlete.” Although, in case you’re not up on your Latin, “decathlon” means 10 events. Eaton shattered the decathlon record set by King Gustav in 1912. Gustav was the only athlete in history to top 9,000 points until Eaton scored 9,039 points at the Olympic qualifiers in 2012