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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.

October 2021 Wendell Beck Coaches Cover of Vaulter Magazine U.S. Standard Mail

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As we transition into the fall workout season for both college and high school, we will start showcasing the coaches that make this sport amazing. As the children continue to be masked up in the classroom, the uncertainty of the next few months in California for covid concerns and lockdowns is in the air. We hope that we will continue to press through like we have over the summer months but no telling how the state or the country will change in time. Keep in mind that the decisions affect us all and the sport that we love.

On the cover, we have Wendell Beck a true leader and inspiration to the sport of pole vault. Grandfather, father, and husband that has set an example for decades. “Life was busy with raising a family and a busy career, so pole vault took a back seat for a few decades. Then, “after 25 years of never picking up a pole, I picked one up again when all my kids were out of the house.” We know Wendell quite well and you will learn so much about this athlete and gentleman. Not to mention his amazing wife.

A pole is a pole to most people. But some are die-hard with the brand of a pole that they use and the adjustments that they make. Matt Barry has a few tips about poles and progression that will help you proceed to the next level. “Vertical Assault in Pennsylvania pretty much only uses UCS Spirit poles.Mac Pole Vault Academy has the “yellowest” pole selection I have ever seen! Vaultbarn in Texas is an Altius haven. “ Great article and a fun example of a great coach that has put the work in.

Phew! The magazine and the club are moving at a rapid pace. We are now working with Facebook and are under contract for content creation. This is taking a lot of our time, but we have a solid dedication to the pole vault community that has risen above the test of time. More coaches will be spotlighted and news and information posted throughout the week.

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