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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.

October 2020 Megan Clark Issue of Vaulter Magazine U.S. Standard Mail

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My goodness, what a month the month of September was for the sport of pole vault. Lifting, running, working out, it is all the rage! Keep your chin up and continue to work hard.

On the cover of the magazine, we have Megan Clark. Megan has helped coach at our club, supported our magazine, and we have watched her jump for years. Megan was slotted in February 2020; October 2020 was the release date. This article was a long time coming for her previous sponsor. This October the magazine is all about her and her previous sponsor Fibersport Poles, that paid to make it all happen. Some aspects have changed since the article was written months prior, but the journey is all the same. Please enjoy!

John Clark brings to you a Masters spotlight with Ken St. Cyr. “Masters vaulter Ken St. Cyr graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1974, served six years in the Army, earned a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, and enjoyed a successful career that took him all around the world.” We know Ken and his life is already full of achievements and this article and his pole vaulting is just another notch in his belt.

David Brannan writes about a clean take-off compared to a free take of this month.“Many coaches think that a free takeoff means an athlete's foot leaves the ground before their pole strikes the back of the box and that it is essential for a successful jump. However, there a few 6-meter vaulters, the current world record holder included, who consistently step under at take-off.” Great little piece to read and he plans to have a few more that he posts as well. Good job!

We are looking forward to October as the training starts to build for the next season. We don’t know about you, but we will have a fall/winter, and spring season as we continue to have meets for kids to get their marks. As a privately owned club on private property, we have that option. November 7th, 2020 will be our first meet in our four-meet series that will conclude at the 2021 EXPO Explosion in Belton, Texas. Hopefully, we will see you all there. Could be the only large format meet for the pole vault community in January.

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