Grand Haven Beach Vault kisses the skyline

Athletes of all ages got the chance to kiss the sky this weekend at the state park as Beach Vault returned to the shores of Lake Michigan.

The tournament featured pole vaulters from all over the country, ranging in ages from 14 through 75. Men, women, boys and girls all took a crack at the record board on a cloudless Grand Haven summer day.

Since 2002, Dave Emeott and Kevin Patterson have been throwing the best beach vault in town. Formally heading up a vaulting event in Rockford, the pair decided to make the switch to the sand 16 years ago. The event has been a highlight for the national pole vaulting community ever since.

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