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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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USATF Indoor Championships is underway, and we are covering the event as we write this editor note. What a joy to have our photographers on deck taking some of the best images available of the athletes as they clear the bar. Elite and College vaulting is red hot as we continue through the indoor season with a new American Record. Also, high school is just starting up and we will surely see some highlights from that as well. Boy has covid taken its toll on the high school athlete. Numbers are up, but with no time on pole the requirements to progress onto the upper round to state are extremely low. Only time will tell what the future has in store.

On the cover we have a Chris Nilsen as he breaks the National Indoor Record for the men. While traveling abroad there was plenty of action and time for these athletes to put the work in. “On February 5, 2022, Nilsen broke the American Indoor Pole Vault Record with a vault of 6.02 meters, 19 feet 9 inches. At the Perche en Or, an elite pole vault meet held in Tourcoing, France, Nilsen made history yet again.”

Huge shout out to Abbey Hope as she sends a warning to all athletes that pole vault can change your life. Many know this already, but just in case Abbey is driving it home. “Fast forward time and I broke my schools vault record won the state championship for my division and signed with a college.” That is just the tip of the ice burg as we follow along throughout her journey.

The Dad Hat - Now, don’t you mess her up! As I awoke one early morning this article came through our email. I started the first sentence and before I knew it, I was finishing the article. What a great piece by Dan Bush. ““Now, don’t you mess her up,” he said. His words sent an uncomfortable jolt of adrenaline pin-balling around my stomach. I hoped he couldn’t hear the plinking sounds of diamonds hitting the floor under my seat due to the extreme, squeezing pressure building within.” What a treat and many times in life we have been blessed, and this is one of those times.

Dylan Yarbrough is flying high, and we added to the title stating that it’s a family tradition. It’s pleasing to meet a young athlete at one of our meets and they receive an article from this young man. An 8th grader out of San Diego and a wordsmith at that! “My dad was a pole vaulter throughout high school and college. He pole vaulted at Los Altos High School, and when he was in his freshman year he jumped 10’0”, sophomore year 11’6”, junior year 13’0”, and senior year 14’6”.” Houston, we have a problem, Dylan may just out jump his father before you know it. Keep the articles coming Dylan.

Next month is April and unbelievably it is our 120th issue of Vaulter Magazine. 10 years have passed with this print magazine, social media, training facility, club, and so much more. They said it would last a few months and we would go away. Well, here we are heading for the next 10 years.

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