When boys pole vault makes its Millrose Games debut at the Armory a group from the Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Academy will be soaking up every moment.
Eight of the 14 entrants in the event come from the club located in Warwick, N.Y.
They will compete in front of an expected sellout crowd and on the same runway as Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Stefan Buechele, a senior from Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, N.J. “We heard a rumor last year and then this year that there would be vaulting for boys. The fact that I’ll be there, with great people around you, in front of a giant crowd, I’m stoked.”
Buechele was one of three Flying Circus club vaulters who attended Tuesday’s Millrose Games news conference at the Armory. All three cite Suhr as an inspiration.
“It’s humbling,” said Pat Lynch, a junior at Cranford High in New Jersey. “I’ve been a big fan of Jenn Suhr for a while now. It’s a miracle to be in the right place at the right time, to come to the Millrose Games, compete (alongside) all these big names and hopefully pull off a big PR.”
The event falls at a point on the schedule where the boys vaulters will be honing their skills and preparing for the biggest meets of the indoor season.
“Eastern States is coming up, plus states and sections,” said Warwick Valley junior Todd Uckermark. “It’s going to be the right time to try and pull off a big PR and (get) set up for nationals.”
All three athletes get vaulting specific training at the Flying Circus club two to three times per week.
The club has been going for seven years and serves 90 athletes from middle school ages to masters.
“We’re pretty excited that Millrose is highlighting our event and it’s going to send messages and wavelengths out to all high school kids to see our event at this world class meet,” club co-director Tim St. Lawrence said. “It’s going to be affect pole vault in our tri-state area I think.”