1 Bell, Sarah 94 07-Flying Dr 4.05m 13-03.50
2 Taylor, Lakan 95 12-Unattached 3.90m 12-09.50
3 Briggs, Jacilyn 93 01-Patriot P 3.75m 12-03.50
4 Majors, Felicia 95 16-Glenarden TC J3.75m 12-03.50
5 Rodkey, Sydney 94 03-Vessel Fit TC 3.60m 11-09.75
6 Johnson, Morgan 95 12-Texas Exp 3.45m 11-03.75
7 Ebbets, Holly 94 03-World Cla J3.45m 11-03.75
7 Jaffke, Nicole 95 07-Mundelein J3.45m 11-03.75
9 Hancock, HadleyReed 93 03-Unattached J3.45m 11-03.75
9 Wall, Megan 93 16-Unattached J3.45m 11-03.75
11 Maddox, Sierra 95 09-Unattached J3.45m 11-03.75
12 Golliday, Maya 95 07-Dupage TC J3.45m 11-03.75
13 Knauf, Taylor 95 07-Flying Dr J3.45m 11-03.75
14 Bragg, Madison 94 15-Victory Athle 3.30m 10-10.00
14 Moffatt, Elise 95 03-Unattached 3.30m 10-10.00
16 Saul, Hannah 95 05-Unattached J3.30m 10-10.00
17 Shepherd, Cassidy 94 02-Greensbur 3.15m 10-04.00
17 Sechrist, Lindsey 95 12-East Texas TC 3.15m 10-04.00
17 Placentra, Dana 95 02-Unattached 3.15m 10-04.00 Continue reading
ATASCADERO, CA — At the age of 70, Nels Siverson has earned an easy chair and a good book. Instead, he’s working as hard as he ever did in his quest for athletic excellence. Case in point: he has attended every All-Comers meet so far this year to pole vault. And he’s not just pole vaulting for fun. He’s trying to meet or beat the world record.
In 2002, Englishman Robert Brown set the record for men aged 70 at 3.31 meters or 10 feet 9 inches.
“I made 10 feet 6 inches tonight,” Siverson said. “I did 10 last week, so it’s pretty pathetic. Still, it’s just for fun.”
Siverson’s worked hard to get this achievement. He weighs less now than he did in college, but he said he’d like to get a little lighter still, the easier to heave himself almost 11 feet into the air on a pole. Besides, keeping his weight down helps him “feel more athletic.” That Siverson seems to think that pole vaulting 10 feet 6 inches, only four inches shy of the world record, at the age of 70 is pathetic, it just goes to show what kind of an attitude he’s got toward sports. You see, in 2009, he was doing some work on his roof and the fumes from the chemicals in use made him pass out. He fell 23 feet to the pavement, where he landed on concrete . more
Additions bolster depth in pole vault for 2013 BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Dave Cianelli announced the addition of three pole vaulters to the Hokie roster. Jared Allison, Brad Johnson and Grace Giampietro will enroll next month and begin competition in the spring.
Jared Allison Seven Valleys, Pa. | Dallastown High SchoolAllison was the 2012 Pennsylvania state indoor champion and outdoor silver medalist. With a personal best of 16’3” he was a national level competitor in high school finishing ninth at the New Balance Indoor National Championships. He will study marketing management at Virginia Tech.“Jared is an outstanding athlete who is just starting to excel in the event,” said pole vault coach Bob Phillips. “His fundamentals are very sound which will make our job here at Virginia Tech easier. There is work that needs to be done, but he has the potential to be one of the best vaulters this program has ever seen.”
Brad Johnson–Virginia Beach, Va. | Kellam High School Johnson was the 2012 Virginia state indoor champion and outdoor silver medalist. Brad has a personal best of 15’6” and graduated with honors and an advanced diploma from Kellam High School. Brad will major in engineering at Virginia Tech.“Brad also comes to Virginia Tech with excellent fundamentals,” Phillips said. “He has a very good understanding of the event and as he continues to mature athletically and technically, I fully expect him to be a national level competitor. He clearly has that ability.”
Grace Giampietro–Phoenixville, Pa. | Villa Maria Academy Giampietro finished fourth at the Pennsylvania State Championships with a personal best jump. Continue reading
London, UK – IAAF Council Member Nawal El Moutawakel was yesterday (26) elected unopposed to become a Vice-President of the 15-member Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.
El Moutawakel, who four years ago became the first female from a Muslim nation voted on to the IOC Executive Board is now the first to reach the vice-presidency.
El Moutawakel was the first woman from a predominantly Muslim nation to win an Olympic medal when she took gold in the 400m Hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and was elected to the IAAF Council for the first time in 1995.
Another IAAF leader returning to the IOC Executive Board was IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka, who is also President of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee. Bubka previously was a member of the IOC Executive Board in his past role as Chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
Taking advantage of the high speed shooting capabilities of the NEX, these were some of my pole vault attempts… the composites are a bit experimental (which is my way of saying please don’t be too critical of technique as I’m on a learning curve with it All taken with the Hexanon 200 at around f4.0 more
Melanie Adams – Pole Vault – Australia more
Pole vaulter Derek Miles, the former University of South Dakota standout who is now a coach at his alma mater, won’t be heading across the “big pond’’ until next Thursday. Miles is busy in Jonesboro, Ark., making final preparations with his technique coach, Earl Bell, one of just two other Americans to pole vault in three Olympics THIRD TIME: The native of Fair Oaks, Calif., has been to Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) since losing out to close friend Chad Harting in a jump-off for the third spot on the U.S. team in 2000. Still, the trip to London makes him just the third American pole vaulter ever to make it to three Olympics.CAREER BESTS: Miles has twice cleared 19 feet, 2½ inches, most recently at an outdoor meet in Berlin in 2008. He finished seventh in the ’04 Olympics and was fourth in ’08. The world outdoor champ in 2008, when he was also the U.S. Olympic Trials winner, he was the 2011 U.S. outdoor champ. TICKET TO RIDE: Because he had surpassed the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 18-9 during the qualifying period dating back to May 1, 2011, Miles made the three-member American entry as the fourth-place finisher at the U.S. Trials since third-place Scott Roth had not met the standard. Both men cleared 18 feet, 4½ inches. STORYLINE: After committing the last four years to another Olympic bid, even though he’ll turn 40 on Sept. 28, Miles surprised even himself by making it after battling a persistent Achilles injury in his right (non-takeoff) foot. He has scaled back his workouts to keep the injury from becoming too inflamed. WHAT HE SAYS: “I still feel like there’s one good day left in my body and that’s what kind of fuels me. I feel like if I can put it together on the right day, I can jump up near or even past my P.R. If I didn’t feel like I had that left, then I don’t know if I’d be making this trip.’’ THE SCHEDULE: The men’s pole vault prelims are 4 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Finals are 1 p.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 10. more
Two athletes with ties to McDowell will compete in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships at Morgan State University in Baltimore this weekend. Chad Ackerman, the 2012 District 10 AAA pole vault champion, will compete Sunday in the Young Men’s Division. Ackerman qualified as the Three Rivers District champion June 23 with a vault of 13 feet 6 inches and as the runner-up at the Region 2 championships July 7 at the University of Delaware. Caleb Sanford, who will be a freshman at McDowell, was also the Three Rivers District champ in the Intermediate Boys division with a vault of 11-6. Sanford will compete Saturday more
NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV/US92) – As a Siouxland native gets set to represent the U.S. Olympic team as a Pole Vaulter in London, folks in his hometown are reflecting on the journey that got him to the heights he’s reached today. For the first time ever, Norfolk, Nebraska can lay claim to an Olympic athlete, as 1999 Norfolk High graduate Jeremy Scott has qualified to represent the United States on its Track and Field team. Injuries derailed Scott’s first two attempts to make the team in 2004 and 2008, but this past month in Eugene, Oregon, the third time was the charm. Jeremy’s father, Henry, says it’s still hasn’t quite sunk in that his son is an Olympian. “I guess I just cannot imagine in my own heart, when I first watched him in high school doing his first jumps, that he would ever have gotten to this point,” said Henry Scott. more
British Pole vaulter Steve Lewis smashes the British record just a couple of weeks before the Olympic Games. Steve Lewis pulled himself into Olympic medal contention after he broke the 14-year-old British pole vault record in Poland on Saturday.The 26-year-old produced the best leap of his life as he surpassed Nick Buckfield’s previous record of 5.80metres set back in 1998, with a 5.82m clearance at the 58th Janusza Kusocinskiego memorial meeting.That jump was enough for Lewis to win the event and, even more pleasing for the Dan Pfaff trained athlete, was the high class field he was able to defeat.He managed to see off the challenge of both the reigning Olympic champion in the shape of Australia’s Steve Hooker and World champion Pawel Wojciechowski.The 5.82m jump, the fifth highest in the world this year, has long been in the sights of Lewis and he couldn’t hide his delight at the leap just a fortnight before the qualifying rounds at the Games in London.“Jumping 5.82m has been a goal of mine for four years. To achieve it in my last competition before the Olympic Games is amazing,” he said.. more
Two-time Olympic gold medallist pole vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva ’s confidence took a bit of a hit after failing to clear a height atthe Monaco Diamond League meet last week.“I thought I was physically ready, but clearly I overestimated my abilities,” she told European Athletics.org. “But for the Olympics I shall be okay, although of course right now I am worried.“On Friday I didn’t perform as both me and my coach would have wished. My technique was bad, but we know what happened and why. Now we’re going back to our training base to prepare for the Games in London.”In the story, Valentine Maslakov, Russia’s head coach questioned the way she likes to be coached.“As I understand it, in Monaco, she together with her coach started their Olympic preparations. It was a rehearsal,” he told European Athletics.org. “I thought that she would change her tactics this year, but obviously not.“She and her coach do not want to do too many jumps in order to win. This is how she started when she was being coached by Vitaly Petrov[Isinbayeva’s current coach is Yevgeny Trofimov]. I don’t know what the justification is for this more
Born in California, she holds the Irish pole vault record at 4.52m and will be the first ever athlete to represent Ireland in the event. TORI PENA MAY sound American – but the pole vaulter will file out behind Katie Taylor and the Irish tricolour tonight in east London.Born in California, she holds the Irish pole vault record at 4.52m and will be the first ever athlete to represent Ireland in the event.TV3 caught up with the 24-year-old – is eligible to represent Ireland through Derry-born maternal grandmother – as she prepared for her bow at the Olympics over the next few weeks.