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It’s December and wow, it came extremely quickly once again. It seems that I’m saying this a little too often. It’s the best time of the year if you ask us, we love the holiday season for all the Christmas Cheer. Every year it seems that Christmas and our Candy Cane meet is the staple of our club and magazine. Such a fun event with friends and family around sharing Christmas joy. You can’t ask for more as we add the wonderful sport of pole vault right in the middle of it all. If you get a chance to come and join us, I would do just that. We will see you all at the 2022 EXPO Explosion meet in Texas. Come and join us for the fun.


What a cool cover by the United States Naval Academy with all the Christmas spirit around this amazing team. Once again, they make the whole process so flawless with their enthusiasm and professionalism. But there’s more to this amazing team then what meets the eye. “Rory Quiller spearheads the pole vault squad at the Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S Naval Academy is a federal service academy, and the athletes on the Navy track and field squad are held to high standards of achievement that look a little different than the usual college athletic experience.” What else can you say, this is a top-notch institution for military pole vaulting. Thank you for taking the time to bless us with your knowledge and insight. Sara knocked it out of the park with this article, thank you!


When I read the article from Daniel Bush each month, I get quite the chuckle with what he provides. Not only very well written and professionally done, but it’s also fun to follow along one month after another. ““He’s a stickler, dat Steve Stickler, ya?” I said.  “Lucky, he gave grace.” Arriving at the source of a traffic jam, a car had its hazard lights on as two men pushed it from behind.  “Hey, isn’t that Stickler?” Chuck asked, placing his gold medal on the dash.  “And he’s got Barlove with him.” Always wrapped in family values, hard work and discipline and we love that about his stories. “


Goals are a very efficient way to get through most aspects of life to include pole vault. If it’s New Years’, state championships, or league finals, it is good to set some short- and long-term goals that will help you navigate through the process of pole vault. Abbey sends in a sweet article how she sets her goals and the importance of doing so. Great read! “So, in short, my goal was to work so hard that I would accomplish my dreams.”


January 1, 2023 is right upon us and we will have the coast guard on the cover for the new year. Stay tuned for that edition, it will be a good one.

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Whoa, July is now gone! The Olympics are underway and one professional pole vaulter that will not be attending is Sam Kendricks. Sam tested positive for Covid after multiple times and once he did they quarantined him and did not test him again for validity. One test negative and he was gone! No longer able to jump for the great Nation that we so love. Who’s taking his place, Matt Ludwig, is an awesome young man and a great fit for the team. On to August we go.

On the cover, we had Tim Reilly with North West Pole vault Club for our coaching series and his athletes bumped him off the top spot by making history. Three high school girls jumped 14’ in one meet at the Vaulter Magazine national Championships. This is the first time in history that this has happened in one meet. Amanda Moll, Hana Moll, and Ally Neiders all from his club making this possible for the pole vault community to witness. “In 1987, I had the fortune to find Baylor Legend Carl Erickson guest coaching in Seattle for a week, and my brain blew up.”

Kreager Taber is back with more news about the Olympics. Olympic Teams Named and Final Preparations Made for Tokyo is her newest article. “He described that Nilsen’s mentality is one of his best attributes as an athlete, saying “his mentality during competing has always been one of his biggest attributes, his ability to kind of fire up, bring the intensity every single time in a meet situation, never any doubt.” So much cool information about the athletes, this is an awesome read.

“Push hard out the back!” That is what I heard a coach tell their athlete as the athlete stepped on the runway at the Georgia High School State Meet. That was far from the first time I’ve heard that phrase.” Matt is back and it’s all about the run this week and we are loving the new addition that we have about the technical side of pole vault from Matt. We are blessed to have so many amazing writers coming through for the magazine.

For the last year, we have given insight into the status of the pole vault community and the sport as a whole. USATF Nationals stops all covid testing at Nationals because all of the tests were coming back positive, asking participants to buy their own and submit, according to many parents on hand. A survival rate of well over 99% and we are having measures such as this happening still. Will it change, who knows, but it seems to be the new normal they were all hoping for. Next month we will spotlight another amazing coach.

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