(Clovis, CA) – In this Olympic Year, the annual North American Pole Vaulting Association (NAPVA) Championships will celebrate the “Spirit of the Olympics” with five former U.S. Pole Vault Olympians in attendance. The event will be held on streets of Old Town Clovis (corner of 4th and Pollasky), on Friday, August 3, 2012, beginning at 5:00 pm.
Jumping in the competition will be 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Hysong and 2008 Olympian April Steiner-Bennett. Along with Hysong and Steiner-Bennett, 2000 Women’s Olympic Gold Medalist Stacy Dragila and 2008 Olympian Erica Bartolina will guide their respective high school squads as coaches of the San Diego and New Orleans Teams. 1960 Olympic Silver Medalist Ron Morris, an event sponsor, will also be in attendance.
This year’s elite competition will also feature 5 rising stars of American Pole Vaulting including; 2010 NCAA champion Jordan Scott; 4th place finisher at the 2012 Olympic Trials,Mary Saxer (NYAC); 4 time NCAA Division All-American Brysun Stately; 2012 NCAA Division 1 All-American Derrick Hinch (Arizona State University); and 2004 NCAA Division 3 Champion Chris Swanson.
The 2012 Elite Division winner will be crowned the Warmerdam Cup Champion, in honor of legendary pole vaulter Cornelius “Dutch” Warmerdam. Warmerdam, a Hanford native, was the first man to clear the historic 15 foot barrier and held the world record for an incredible 17-year span.
The High School Competition will be made up of co-ed teams (2 boys, 2 girls) from New Orleans, Reno, San Diego, Los Angles, Clovis and Hanford.
The NAPVA Championships celebrates its 18th consecutive year in the streets of Old Town Clovis. This year’s event is presented by Spinners Records, the “doorway to your musical world,” located in the heart of Fresno’s historic Tower District.