In between downing brats and grilled chicken, more than two dozen elite pole vaulters competed for bragging rights and a chance to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials.

And all of this took place at Mooresville’s Rocket Man Pole Vault and was part of the summer series of events.

“We had about 14 elite pole vaulters,” said Rocket Man owner Pete Carpentier.

Another 16 vaulters, from high school age to seniors, competed in the open event.

The winners in the women’s division were Jill Marois, first place, Megan Zimlic, second, and Taylor Drummonds, third. In the men’s division, Devin King took first place, Eric Richard and Matt Ludwig tied for second and Chase Brannon was third.

Although he’s usually on the field for pole vault events, Olympian Scott Houston was providing support in the event Wednesday. Houston is nursing a training injury and decided to sit this one out to be prepared for the national championships in a couple of weeks.

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