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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We’re at a crossroads with the sport of pole vaulting where our civil liberties and freedoms are being impacted every day. As we sit by in California and watch NBA games, MLB games, and other large riots and protests, we are still being told that our children cannot hold a competition and pole vault.

Although we have not heard of anyone getting COVID-19 personally or any death from it around us, we are seeing more of our children on drugs, alcohol, impacted with depression, and the list goes on. I am concerned with a couple of track and field events stating that they will not have pole vault, that eventually the sport will be lost. We feel that eventually, they will decide that the sport is not worth the effort in larger meets.

Sarah writes this month about Sophie Cook and she’s cooking up a comeback for 2021. “Cook, a British pole vaulter from Longborough, United Kingdom, made a strong entrance onto the professional scene by winning the British Championships title in February 2020 with a personal-best height of 4.50m. Her journey to reach this level has been a long and arduous one, yet her determination continues to keep her working hard no matter the circumstances.”

John is with Helen Croskell World champion Masters vaulter. “I look at some of the older athletes, and I think, ‘These people are amazing.’ At their age, it would be so easy to just say, ‘OK, I’m done with activity – I’m just going to play shuffleboard or something.’ Instead, they’re out there running and jumping, and I find that kind of attitude amazing, and something I want to surround myself with for the rest of my life … and hopefully be that person when I’m 80.”

Back at it again, we have Taber writing about USATF and their COVID-19 changes and the impact it will have going into 2021. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact athletes’ journeys to the Olympic Games, many vaulters have begun to compete often and find inspiration in the hope of competing with the world’s best in Tokyo.”

Next month we have Megan Clark and a young lady that is working to achieve all of her pole vaulting goals. Visited and helped out club multiple times and we always enjoy catching up with Megan.

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