December 2022 Vaulter Magazine

December 2022 Naval Academy

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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.

December 2020 Jeff Cohen Photographer Issue of Vaulter Magazine U.S. Standard Mail

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December always seems to be a more delightful time of the year. This is the case for pole vault and our great nation. Last month, we spoke of what makes us thankful and tonight, as I write this, it is Thanksgiving Eve. There is so much to be thankful for as we finish off the 2020 year. One thing that we are extremely thankful for is the photographers around the world that support this amazing sport. So often people have images taken of them, and many times there is a “like”, and not even a written thank you. We are very thankful for these types of people that sacrifice themselves for the best shot possible.

On the cover of the magazine, we have a picture of Sam Kendricks taken by Jeff Cohen. “All of my first heroes were track and field athletes.” Watching great athletes like Greg Foster, Mary Decker, Dwight Stone, and Mike Tully inspired his own love for the excitement of elite track and field competition.”This article is worth the read with experiences on and off the field. You will all enjoy this article from one of the top-notch photographers around the world.

Olympic coverage is far and few between and understanding how it will affect each of you is what Kreager has in mind. “Though many collegiate athletic conference’s began to feel the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as they canceled their spring competition seasons to keep athletes safe, the financial strain on athletic programs has recently become clearer as schools have elected to cut their track and field teams.” Amazing information and so much to learn about the impact of Covid on the track and field community.

John Clark is spending a lot of time focusing on master’s athletes far and wide. This month John interviewed Angela Herzner and her journey as a master's pole vaulter. “Two years ago, Herzner started getting interested in competing in pole vault, and now, the 46-year-old Phoenix, Ariz., firefighter, and mother of two has her sights set on yet another title.” Mother of two and a firefighter is one impressive feat, the article should have been written about that achievement along. Good job guys, love what we see.

January 2021 is coming quickly, and the sport of track and field will open up or it will not. One thing is for sure, we will be here ready to go if it does. Stay tuned as we highlight the next photographer that helps us as a magazine and club in so many ways.

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