America’s Biggest Open-Entry Vault Meets

by Reggie Henderson reggiepv@icloud.com

For those of us whose ideal vacation includes pole vaulting, here’s the largest gatherings of vaulters in the United States.  East-West-North-South all regions are represented. (but southeast and west coast are missing)

The list is ranked by number of flights.  A flight is a vaulting competition group that shares a runway for a session. So… if there were 2 runways, and they ran 4 sessions using both runways, there would be 8 flights.  Biggest Flight = largest number of vaulters that have to share one runway for one competition group.

Corrections/Additions welcome.  E-mail reggiepv@gmail.com results from last competition.

Texas Elite PV Expo Explosion, Belton, TX

Last: Dec 31, 2016

texas

5 runways, 19 flights, 215 vaulters, biggest flight 17

http://www.texaselitepolevault.com/clubs/2181/announcements/1251090-Expo-VIII-Final-Results

Grand Haven Beach Vault, MI

Next: July 14-15, 2017

grand_haven2

2 runways, 16 flights, 300 vaulters, biggest flight 25

http://grandhavenbeachvault.com/

Jersey Jumps Beach Vault, Seaside Heights, NJ

Next: July 29-30, 2017

jersey

3 runways,  10 flights, 230 vaulters, biggest flight 36*

one flight of 36, all others less than 30

http://verticaladventures.org/

results: https://verticaladventures.org/Beach-Vault-2016-Results.htm

Akron Pole Vault Convention, OH

Last: Jan 6-8, 2017

akron2

4 runways, 10 flights, 150 vaulters, biggest flight 20

http://www.gozips.com/sports/track/index

http://www.gozips.com/sports/track/2016-17/files/pv_convention_results_updated.pdf

*Akron’s Saturday night elite competition is only exceeded by the Reno Summit

Port Aransas Beach Vault, TX

Next: June 16-17, 2017

aransas

2 runways, 9 flights, 133 vaulters, biggest flight 17

http://portabeachvault.com

Brit’s Pub Vault, Minneapolis, MN

Labor Day Saturday

brits

1 runway, 9 flights, 61 vaulters, biggest flight 11

http://www.britspubvault.com/

Dauphin Street Vault, Mobile, AL

Next: July 15, 2017

dauphin3

1 runway – 2 pits, 7 flights, 115 vaulters, biggest flight 25

www.dauphinstreetvault.com

Rochester Rockback Beach Vault, NY

Next: August 12, 2017

rochester

2 runways, 6 flights, 150 vaulters, biggest flight 36*

*second biggest flight 27

www.rochesterrockback.com

Vault in the VILLE, Louisville, KY

Next: June 30 – July 1, 2017

vault_in_the_ville

1 runway, 6 flights, 112 vaulters, biggest flight 26

http://www.vaultintheville.com

DC Vault, Washington, DC

Next: June 23-24, 2017

1 runway, 6 flights

www.dcvault.org

Texas Relays, Austin, TX

Last: March 29 – April 1, 2017

texas_relays

11 flights, 182 vaulters, biggest flight 24

http://www.texassports.com/index.aspx?path=relays

Texas Relays accepts open entries, but to get an entry for a guy you need to have a PR of 17-6 or better, and for a girl 14+, only around 25 of the vaulters are open-entry, the rest on school teams, that’s why it’s at the bottom of this list.  But… it’s a huge gathering of vaulters (and all of track & field) so a good spectator event.

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