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.

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Pole vault is getting heated as we head into the indoor season for high school and college. Some pro vaulters are out getting some new marks, and the diamond league meets are underway. In June we have the NCAA outdoor meet and July we will attend the World Outdoor meet in Eugene, Oregon. This will be a busy year for the magazine and our staff of photographers and writers. We’ve solicited more writers and staff to bring articles from all over the world. Our social media presence has skyrocketed, and we appreciate all the love and support that you have all brought to our magazine.

On the cover we have a well-known high school coach out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Jimmy Gravo has dedicated so much time, energy, and effort to the sport and athletes that he loves. “Gravo likes to show new prospective vaulters how fun the sport can be when they first try it, so that they get hooked on it and come back to continue to train.” Keep it up Jimmy, your effort will not go unnoticed.

Like many countries Slovenia was hit hard by the pandemic and covid kept many athletes from doing what they love to do best. “In Slovenia, one of the countries in the Balkans, the rules of training in the hall were extremely strict, only competitors ranked among the best 2 at the national level could train in the hall.” Matic Zupan writes about the challenges that they faced and the effort that he went through to get the kids active again. Great article to learn from, thank you.

The run is where the good stuff happens, and we have an article that will help clear up the muddy waters about the run. Nick Cronenwett walks us through his understanding of this process to get the beginning vaulters to where they need to be. “The keys to a good run include building momentum from long strides to short strides, staying tall, and planting early to drive the pole towards the crossbar at take-off.” Excellent job Nick and we look forward to the next article soon.

Bob Dailey says next pole please! What it takes to get on the next pole and an article that is meant to do just that. “In a worst-case scenario, your step may be off, the plant goes poorly, the launch is compromised, and the pole might spit you back, instead of taking you into the air.” Many of you have faced the same challenges as we have moved up to the next pole. This is a fun article written years back about one man’s personal experience.

Next month will be the last cover that will feature a coach on the cover before we go to a few colleges that offer pole vault. Stay tuned as we bring you more articles, top notch images and professional pole-vaulting point of view.

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