February 2019 Texas EXPO Issue of Vaulter Magazine

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For some of you athletes the season is just getting started, and for others, the records are already falling. For the collegiate level athletes on the men’s side, the records and huge heights are being pressed to the limit already in the first month of the year. It’s February already and now is when the hard work and discipline that you found in club or college pole vaulting starts to kick in.

Pole Vault news, “Akron pole vaulter Matt Ludwig of Lake Catholic sets world mark ” Against Kent State during an indoor dual meet; the Lake Catholic graduate set a world standard in the pole vault with an effort of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches. (2019). (https://www.news-herald.com/sports/akron-pole-vaulter-matt-ludwig-of-lake-catholic-sets-world/article_6bc9dda8-211a-11e9-92ef-4f9a4f7b8305.html)

“Twin sisters top pole vault” University of Arkansas seniors Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard finished first and second in the pole vault Friday at the Razorback Invitational held in the Randal Tyson Center. (2019). (http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2019/jan/25/twin-sisters-top-pole-vault/)

On the cover, we have the highlight of our 2018 year, and that was the Texas EXPO Explosion in Belton, Texas. This was a fun event for anyone that Is serious about competition and the sport of pole vaulting. “On January 3, 2015, Shawn Barber cleared 5.87m here to break his own Canadian indoor record. 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Sam Kendricks has jumped here. And on December 29, 2018, Annie Johnigan cleared 4.56m here to post a qualifying mark for the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.“ This is a great article by Stuart Kantor that I know you will enjoy reading.

Back at it again, Kreager Taber writes about the NCAA Division I Recap for January and a great insight into what we can expect for the rest of the year. “Fifteen male NCAA Division I pole vaulters cleared 18 feet, including Matthew Ludwig of Akron, Tray Oates of Samford, Adrian Valles of Cincinnati, Tim Ehrhardt of Michigan State, Jacob Wooten and Audie Wyatt of Texas A&M, Hussain Alhizam of Kansas, Scott Marshall of Grand Canyon, Chase Smith of Washington, Deakin Volz and Torben Laidig of Virginia Tech, Brandon Bray and Drew McMichael of Texas Tech, and Antonio Ruiz of Stephen F. Austin. Six of these athletes-Oates, Valles, Ehrhardt, Wyatt, Marshall, and Laidig- graduated at the end of last year, while the others have already begun to make this year’s field extraordinarily competitive.” That is a big group on men that are looking to change the way that the world thinks about American pole vaulting. Good job Kreager, this is a wealth of knowledge.

John Clark is a back! He had a blast, and he wants to share it with you. Not to mention John wants to share his experiences and let you know that you can start again any day that you so choose. Pick up a pole and get back to living again! “When I showed up at the annual end-of-year Expo Explosion in Belton, Texas, carrying my two FiberSport poles in my new custom-made Wes Barnhart bag, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.” Once you have read, you will follow along with his journey into pole vaulting — great inspiration and true champion for getting up and getting going at any age.

Next month we have a couple of young men that are crushing the pole vault in Texas. Stay tuned!

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