2012 USA OLYMPIC POLE VAULTING TEAM
June 29th, 2012
Congratulations to Brad Walker and Jennifer Suhr for capturing the 2012 U.S. Outdoor Title and a slot on the 2012 US Olympic Team which will be competing in London, England this summer. Walker, the #1 American this season, easily defeated the field with a jump of 18-07" 1/4 (5.67M) to capture his fourth U.S. Outdoor Title. Suhr, also the #1 American this season and the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, jumped 15'01" (4.60m) to capture her 6th U.S Outdoor Title. Along with Walker, 3 time Olympic Veteran Derek Miles and Jeremy "Grande" Scott will present the U.S. in London. On the women's side, joining Suhr, will be veterans and former NCAA Division 1 Champions, Becky Holliday and Lacy Janson.
The women's Olympic Pole Vault will be held on Saturday, August 4th (qualifying) and Monday, August 6th (Finals). The men's Olympic Pole Vault will be held on Wednesday, August 8th (qualifying) and Friday, August 10th (Finals).
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Air Force's, Nick Frawley, Fly's High To Capture 2011 NAPVA Championship Crown
August 12, 2011
Nick Frawley of the US Airforce, proved that he could fly high, setting his season best of 18'00" 1/2, in front of over 8,000 screaming fans at the 17th Annual "Eye-Q" North American Pole Vaulting Championships in Old Town Clovis, California. Frawley defeated a strong field which included Canadian Kelsey Hendry, Puerto Rican Brandon Estrada and top Americans, Becky Holliday, April Steiner Bennett (2008 Olympian) and up and comer, Melissa Gergel (3 time NCAA Divison 1 Champion). The elite competition pitts men against women by comparing their top mark on a percentage scale of the current world record of their respective gender. Frawley's mark was 89% of the current men's world record which is currently held by Sergei Bubka (Ukraine) at 20'01".
In the high school division, Team San Diego narrowly defeated Team Los Angeles for the High School Championship Title. The team lead by celebrity coach Stacy Dragila (2000 Olympic Gold Medalist) had a combined height total of 53 feet, 6 inches which defeated Team L.A. by 1 foot. Individually, Scott Greenman of Team Clovis and Ricahrd Leverson of Team San Diego each jumped 15-06 on their second attempt to tie for the boy's title. On the high school girls side, 2011 California State Champion, Anginae Monteverdi defeated the field with a jump of 13'00".
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Desert Vista High School in Arizona Sets The Standard In High School Girls Vaulting
May 25, 2010
Desert Vista High School in Phoenix Arizona, becomes the first high school in the nation to have 5 girls over the 12 foot barrier. Coached by USATF Pole Vault Development National Staff Member, Jeff Guy, the team leapfrogged the 3 girl barrier set by the 2001 Atascadero High School Girls Pole Vaulting Team (coached by Olympic Bronze Medalist, Jan Johnson) with 5 girls who have soared over the 12 foot barrier and two others at 11'03" and 10'06". Click here to read the article on MileSplit Arizona.
Take The USA Pole Vault Survey!
February 9, 2010
We invite you to take the Pole Vault Survey! This is an important survey created by USATF Pole Vault Development/High Performance National Staff Member Richie Mercado. By taking the survey, you can help better serve the needs of pole vault coaches and athletes in the United States. Like the census, the results and analysis from the USA Pole Vault Survey will give us vital information to plan future programs and development goals for USATF Pole Vault High Performance/Development Programs. Click here to take the survey!
Chelsea Johnson Captures Silver Medal at the 2009 World Championships
August 17, 2009
(Berlin, Germany) American Chelsea Johnson showed the world why she will be one of the top contenders for the 2012 London Olympics by placing 2nd at the World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany. Johnson jumped 15'03" (4.65M) on her first attempt to secure a second place tie with veteran vaulter, Monica Pyrek of Poland.
The Polish also claimed the top spot with another veteran, Anna Rogowska who won with a clearance of 15'07" (4.75M). Defending Olympic and World Champion, Yelena Isinbaeva of the Ukraine, failed to clear and bar which left the competition wide open.
Johnson (25), the NCAA Record Holder at 15'01" (4.60M) is trained by her father, renowned pole vault coach and 1972 Olympic Pole Vault Bronze Medalist, Jan Johnson. She took up the event late in her high school career, but has blossomed quickly into one of the top US and now world class pole vaulters. At the US Championships she placed second to Olympic Silver Medalist Jennifer Stuczynski at 15'01" (4.60M). Since moving back home and training with her father in Atascadero, California, she has raised her P.R. to 15'06"1/4 (4.73M).
For complete results of the 2009 World Championships Women's Pole Vault, please click here.
11,000 Fans Pack The Streets Of Clovis To Watch The NAPVA Championships
August 7, 2009
(Clovis, CA) 11,000 screaming fans once again packed the streets of Old Town Clovis (CA) to witness the 15th Annual North American Pole Vaulting Championships. The event held on Pollasky Avenue has become one of the largest events in Clovis was featured on numerous television station news broadcasts and newspapers. This year the event featured the High School Team Championships with teams competing from Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield, Clovis and Reno. Team Los Angeles (Kyle Ballew, Allison Krossel and Eric Simms) captured the high school championship with a total height of 42'06".
Jeff Ryan captured the elite division title with a jump of 17'10" defeating Becky Holliday and Paul Litchfield. Other top competitors included Shade Weygant (Texas High School) the 2009 USA Junior National and Pan American Games Runner-Up, Mike Arnold (Idaho State University)the 2009 USA Junior National and Pan American Games Runner-up, Casey Burlingham (CSU Stanislaus) the 2009 NCAA Division 2 National Champion and Kortney Ross (Westview High School) the 2009 California State High School Champion.
For results, photos and more information, please click here.
Stuczynski and Walker Capture US Outdoor Championships
June 28, 2009
(Eugene, OR) Jennifer Stuczynski captured her fourth consecutive Outdoor Women's Pole Vault Title while Brad Walker captured his 3rd Outdoor Men's Pole Vault Title at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. This years National Championships served as the qualifying for the 2009 World Championships of Track and Field to be held in August in Berlin, Germany. Along with Stuczynski, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, Stacy Dragila (3rd) and Collegiate Record Holder, Chelsea Johnson will represent the United States.
On the men's side, 4 individuals will represent the US because Walker, the defending World Champion will receive an automatic berth into the World Championships. Along with Walker, 09 US Indoor Champion Jeremy Scott, 2 time Olympian Derek Miles and 04 Olympic Silver Medalist Toby Stevenson will represent the U.S. in Berlin.
For more information and results from the 2009 US Outdoor Track and Field Championships, please click here.
Jennifer Stuczynski Breaks Women's American Record At The Boston Indoor Games
February 7, 2009
(Boston, MA) Jennifer Stuczynski captured the Reebok Boston Indoor Games Pole Vault with a new American Record of 15-09 3/4 (4.82M). The mark surpassed the previous American Record of 15-09 1/4 (4.81M) set by Olympic Gold Medalist, Stacy Dragila in 2004. Stuczynski the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist had 3 near attempts at 16-03 (4.96M), one centimeter over the current world record of 16-02 3/4 (4.95M) held by Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia. For more information on the the Boston Indoor Games, please visit their website at www.bostonindoorgames.com.