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Senior vaulting spring 2013

First: Chuck is always late on the track training schedule because he trains for the North Olympic Marathon until the first Sunday in June, then he starts picking up speed.

I vaulted at the Northwest Senior games at West Seattle on the first Saturday in June. Had a good day at 10’6″. I was happy to see Fred Zapf, Dave Butler, Richard Yeng, Dick Wentworth, Mohler, and a buddy of mine who also makes me a better high jumper. Fred was injured, but everyone else made heights- which counts for a good day at our age.

Chuck and I both went to the Northwest Masters Championships at Mount Hood Comminity College. What a great time! Each year I wonder whether I’ll decline and then I once again clear a surprising height for me. I made 10’11.75″ (good old metric conversion) and 4’6″ in the high jump. What was really a kick was vaulting with John Altendorf and Dennis Phillips who both hold the record in my age group at the meet ( they are in the next age group up now). I actually vaulted high enough to jump with them at 11 feet and 11’6″ – cool!

Chuck vaulted 6’6″ which is good but frustrating to him as he wants 7 feet. He also won 4 other events and came in second in the 100M race. It was dint watch him.

I’ve decided to add the long jump to my list, making my events now the PV, LJ, and HJ. The long jump takeoff translates well to the pole vault so I think it will help me be a better vaulter.