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First Day of Pole Vault Summit 2011

It has been an eventful day.  Chuck and I both had good days.  We didn’t achieve our stretch goals, but showed improvement and set a foundation for further work.  Chuck went 6’2″ and very nearly cleared 6’10” — just a fraction of touch on the crossbar, but it was enough to knock it down.  I went 10’4″ which matches my last year’s PR.  I was somewhat close to 10’11”, but not enough.  I was more vertical than usual with a crossbar, but still showed some reversion to type.  I felt good about the potential, however.  We had some great sessions during the day, with most notable sessions being Willie Banks inspirational story of the first wave in Track and Field and the use of the clap to motivate vaulters, University of Kansas coach Tim Hays talking about basic drills, Dennis McClanahan covering the training periodicity, and Brad Walker and Tim Mack sharing their experiences and insight.

Bubba Sparks nearly set an American age-group record in the pole vault.

The dark horse and elite competitions were exciting.  I missed the women’s elite because I had to do an errand, but I caught videos of nearly every made height in the men’s competition and the winning vault in the women’s.  Attached is the video of Jack Whitt winning the elite competition with a vault of 18ft 1/2inch.


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