INDIANOLA, Iowa — In the most basic description, pole vaulting is like doing high jump with a really big stick.

“It starts as a regular run down the runway,” junior Audrey LoVan said. “It’s slightly different than regular running though because you’re supposed to stand a lot taller instead of the forward lean you see with sprinters. You can’t use your arms, obviously, because you have the pole.

“So you’re running straight up and down instead of doing the hips to lips motion. Then you essentially put all of your force against this stationary hole in the ground and you take the pole and you’re trying to swing up and jump at the same time.”

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