In 2009, track and field star Samantha Berryman was hitting the beach, shopping around Tumon and simply enjoying her time with friends and family on Guam. Three years later, she returned to Guam once more, but this time her trip out to the Pacific had a little more meaning to it.Accompanied by her companion Mike Arnold, a highly ranked pole vaulter nationwide, they traveled back to Guam, following a visit to neighboring Saipan earlier this month to conduct a track and field clinic for the locals.Arnold is the returning Big Sky champion in the men’s indoor and outdoor pole vault. He placed first in the men’s pole vault with a height of 5.30-meters at the Idaho State University Open earlier this year. That height ranks first in the Big Sky, twentieth in the nation and eighth on Idaho State’s list of all-time best performances, according to the Idaho State website.”I have one more year in college and one more outdoor season. I want to win an NCAA championship and I’m starting to figure out more along the way in pole vault,” said Arnold, who also couldn’t resist mentioning how great it was to finally taste some of Guam’s best dishes. more
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BALTIMORE – 8,000 of America’s next generation of track and field stars will take center stage at the 2012 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships July 23-29 in Baltimore, Md., at W.A.C. Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University.
The Junior Olympic Championships is set to be the largest showing of athletes the event has ever seen. The previous event participant record was 6,862 athletes in 2011. The top five individuals and five relay teams from each Regional Championship advanced to the National Championships with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18.
USATF will host an interactive booth located in Parking Lot M from July 23-29 at the Junior Olympics. Challenge your friends to a race, meet USATF athletes, and experience what USATF can do for you. Join or renew your USATF membership at the meet and you will receive a Free Member Gift.
Young athletes will get the chance to meet a few elite athletes. 2004 10,000m and marathon Olympian Dan Browne will be in attendance to sign autographs and participate in race starts. Browne, a 1997 graduate of West Point University and part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program, is the only cadet to ever run the mile under four minutes (3:59.37), and set school records in the 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m. Other elite athletes include James Carter, 2005 400m World Outdoor silver medalist, and Fawn Dorr, a 12-time NCAA champion at Penn State and a 2012 Canadian Olympian. more
The biggest winners at the London Olympics could be thieves and smartphone manufacturers, as security experts predict that 67,000 mobiles will be either stolen or lost during the Games.With smartphones such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3 costing hundreds of pounds pickpockets and muggers should see the Olympics as a potential goldmine.The risk isn’t just the cost of the smartphone. Security analysts at Venafi warn that an estimated 214.4 terabytes of potentially sensitive data likely will be lost or stolen – the equivalent of 200 million books’ worth of data.A staggering 50,000 mobile phones are lost or stolen in the London area over any two-week period, says Venafi. In December 2010, 20,000 mobiles were lost or stolen every day in the UK. During the Olympics, the population in London is expected to swell by a third, with an extra million people using the tube every day – leading to a potential additional 17,000 lost or stolen phones, bringing the possible total to 67,000 during the two-week period. Read more: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/security/3371398/67000-phones-will-be-lost-or-stolen-during-olympics/#ixzz21Sn7iy63
Steve Hooker is placing his faith in a sports psychologist to help him evade a return of the yips in the final rundown to the Olympic pole vault competition.The defending champion’s clearance of 5.72 metresin Poland at the weekend has given the Australian track and field captain a desperately needed shot of belief ahead of the Games, having battled a self-confessed crisis of confidence that looked set to leave his Olympic campaign literally grounded.However, he will consult the Australian team pyschologist Kevin Hayter at their training base in Tonbridge, and then when they relocate to the Olympic village in east London, in a bid to successfully fight mental demons in one of the Games’ most dangerous events. Hayter’s contribution over the next fortnight stands to be vital to the 30-year-old’s hopes of being a serious challenger at the Olympic Stadium, let alone standing on the podium.”He’s worked with a lot of guys in the team but specifically he’s been doing a lot of stuff with me,” said Hooker, who is finalising technical preparations in Kent with coach Alex Parnov. Hooker has worked before with psychologists and even tried hypnosis in periods of self-doubt but never with as much on the line.
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Joe Samaniuk, a Shenendehowa High School graduate now living in Madison, Wis., clears the 14-foot mark during the Adirondack Aerial Assault Beach Pole Vault competition at Shepard Park in Lake George on Sunday. About 50 pole vaulters competed in the open and elite divisions. A cash prize of $300 went to the top finisher in the elite division. The competition is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. (Shawn LaChapelle — Special to the Post-Star) more
At the edge of the noise of the track meet, the pole vaulters wait their turn. Their event seems removed, even remote, from the starting guns, the shouts of the crowd, the steady beat of sneakers on the track.Instead, they sit quietly, eying the end of their runway, silently calculating the right combination of speed and strength and spirit that will allow them to fly over the bar and land on the other side.This past spring, I’ve come to know a bit about pole vaulting on an intimate basis. My middle son, Sean, was competing in his final year as a pole vaulter for West Deptford. Watching him, I’ve learned the different steps taken by a successful vaulter.First, the approach to the bar. Next, the planting of the pole and the take-off. Then the vaulter has to swing up and extend himself, then turn to face the bar as he flies over it. And then, finally, the fly away, when the vaulter pushes the pole that carried him up away and falls back to earth on the other side.But, just as much as on that pole, Sean leaned on his coach for direction. The pole may have carried him above the bar, but the way he handled that pole, the path he ran before planting it, and the determination to carry himself over came from the guidance of that coach—one I’m told is known as a pole vaulting guru, but one I only know as my brother, Mark. Continue reading
Mobile, Alabama –A Pine Forest High School senior set a new school pole volt record Saturday during a street competition in Mobile. Kelly Brown set the record of 13.9 feet during the 1st Annual Dauphin St. Street Vault event.“I am happy to be doing so well and would like to eventually surpass 15 feet before the end of this school year,’ said Brown, who hopes to earn a track scholarship to the University of South Alabama.Over 70 athletes took part in Saturday’s pole vault event in downtown Mobile in front of a crowd of several hundred people. more
Marburg, Germany, July 21-22—Teams: 1. Germany 38,521; 2. United States 36,428.
Dec: 1. Kazmirek (Ger) 8130; 2. Prey (Ger) 7777; 3. Gilde (Ger) 7687; 4. Harlan (US) 7683; 5. Cleve (Ger) 7570; 6. Detmer (US) 7473; 7. Murphy (US) 7373; 8. Spinner (Ger) 7357; 9. Albert (Ger) 7292; 10. Horn (US) 6990; 11. Arnold (US) 6909; 12. Clark (US) 6670;… dnf—lay (US).
Guests: Eaton (US) (10.46, 48-6/14.78 PR, 6-8./2.04, 46.54, 202-4/61.68 PR); Hardee (US) (23-10./7.27, 49-./14.95, 49.07, 156-8/47.75, 15-11/4.85).
— U.S. Leader —Chula Vista, July 12—
PV: 1. Walker (Nik) 19-4. (5.90 (AL)(18‑., 18-8. , 19-4. , 19-8. [xxx]) (5.50, 5.70 , 5.90 , 6.00 [xxx]).
Monaco Diamond League Fontvieille, Monaco, July 20—PV:1. Spiegelburg (Ger) 15-9¾ (4.82) 2. Silva (Cub) 15-1. (4.62); 3. tie, Bleasdale (GB) & Ptacnikova (CzR) 15-1.; 5. Murer (Bra) 14-10. (4.54); 6. Feofanova (Rus) 14-10.; 7. Strutz (Ger) 14-10.; 8. Boslak (Fra) 14-7. (4.45); 9. Pyrek (Pol) 14-3. (4.35);… nh—sinbayeva (Rus) (15-5/4.70 [xxx]), Kiriakopoulou (Gre), Rogowska (Pol).
HALDENSLEBEN–Haldensleben, Germany, July 15—PV: 1. Ogita (Jpn) 18-4. (5.61); 2. Frauen (Ger) 18-. (5.50).
CORK–Cork, Ireland, July 17—PV: 1. Devereux (GB) 16-8. (5.10).
LUCERNE–Lucerne, Switzerland, July 17— PV: 1. Dennison (GB) 14-11. (4.56); 2. Boyd (Aus) 14-9. (4.51); 3. Holliday (US) 14-5. (4.41);
GENT–Gent, Belgium, July 18—PV: 1. Schwartz (Isr) 14-5. (4.41); 2.Gergel (US) 13-9. (4.21); 3. Jamerson (US) 13-5. (4.11);… nh—Stokke (US).
SZCZECIN–Szczecin, Poland, July 21— PV: 1. Lewis (GB) 19-1 (5.82) NR; 2. Walker (US) 18-9. (5.72); 3. Hooker (Aus)18-9.; 4. Czerwinski (Pol) 18-5. (5.62); 5.Michalski (Pol) 18-5.;6. Jeng (Swe) 18-1. (5.52); 7. Hollis (US)18-1.; 8. tie, Dilla (Ger) & Wojciechowski(Pol) 17-9. (5.42); 10. tie, Straub (Ger) & Sobera (Pol) 17-1. (5.22);… nh—ohr (Ger);… nh—Lavillenie (Fra).
It seemed all Steve Hooker needed was some fine dry weather to compete in to get himself back on track to defend his Olympic gold medal. Hooker cleared an outdoor season‘s best of 5.72m to in finish third in a low-key event in Szczecin in Poland on Saturday. Hooker’s training partner, Brit Steve Lewis, won the event with 5.82m, with veteran Brad Walker taking second on a count back. The shock result of the event was red-hot gold medal favourite, France’s Renaud Lavillenie, failing to clear his starting height of 5:62m. This result could boost Hooker’s confidence that Lavillenie may be coming back to the field on the eve of the games, and that the chance of defending his gold medal may be not so far out of reach as it seemed just a week ago, after he failed to clear a height at Crystal Palace. Although the temperature in the picturesque Polish town only reached 19 degrees yesterday, the dry conditions and the sound footing they would have provided were just what the doctor ordered for Hooker more
RECORD VAULT MAKES STEVE LEWIS A CONTENDER
STEVE LEWIS has made himself an outside bet for an Olympic medal by setting a new British pole vault record in Poland.Lewis, 26, cleared 5.82m, 18 days before he competes in the Olympic Stadium, and beat a field including world champion Pawel Wojciechowski and Olympic champion Steve Hooker to move to fifth in the world more
Lewis sets new British record
STEVE Lewis produced the perfect warm up for the Olympics by breaking the all-time British pole vault record.The 26-year-old, from Light Oaks, had long been threatening to topple Nick Buckfield’s 14-year-old mark of 5.80m, and he delivered in Poland on Saturday evening.Lewis cleared 5.82m at the 58th Memorial Janusza Kusocinskiego, in Szcecin – a 10cm improvement on his previous outdoor personal best.In the process, he beat three previous world champions, thrashed the bookies’ favourite for London and laid down a marker for what will be his next competitive jump, the Olympic heats on Wednesday, August 8.He said: “I have been ready to jump high, but finding a competition with good conditions has been tough. more
Lake Forest, Illinois –For Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz, the London Olympics are her second, this time as an Israeli The 1997 Lake Forest High School Yearbook named Jillian Schwartz most likely to go to the Olympics.The editors of that publication were accurate prognosticators about this Wall of Fame Scout but few could have forecasted the 15-year journey that took her from the North Shore to her second Olympiad opening Friday in London. She first competed in Athens in 2004.The former two-sport—gymnastics and track—all state Lake Forest athlete chose track at Duke University and became a pole vaulter, a sport barred to women until 2000 so she could not have done that in high school.Schwartz competed in the 2004 Olympics as an American and returns to the games eight years later as a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, competing for the Israelis.Changing teams has had little effect for Schwartz as a competitor. Her training base remains the same as it was since she graduated Duke in 2001, Jonesboro, AR, where her long time coach, Earl Bell, is based. Continue reading