Lund brothers qualify for National Senior Games in pole vault

It’s not a traditional activity for most, but a Lund family reunion often includes a pole and a pit.

John Lund of Stillwater and his brothers Vic and Rolf recently competed in the pole vault at the Minnesota State Senior Games at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, Aug. 2.

8-13 spo-LundWEBJohn cleared 3.08 meters (10 feet, 1 inch) to win the men’s 60-64 age group while Rolf at 2.65 meters (8 feet, 9 inches) and Vic at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 3 inches) placed first and fourth in the men’s 55-59 age group. Vic is 58 and Rolf is 59.

The performances qualified all three for next year’s National Senior Games, which will be held in Minneapolis/St. Paul in mid-July.

“We had a great time and are now looking forward to the national event next summer,” John said.

Pole vaulting is nothing new for the Lunds. John, 61, set a state age group record in the event last year after clearing 3.20 meters (10 feet, 6 inches). He was hoping to better that mark this summer, although some leg issues have hampered those efforts. John did tie the record at a meet in St. Louis Park on July 29, but missed all three of his attempts at 10 feet, 7 inches at this year’s Senior Games.

“I just hope we’re healthy enough to compete next year,” John said.

Steve Briggs, 59, a cousin of the Lund brothers, competed at the state games in the long jump, 50 meters, 100 meters and table tennis and qualified for the National Senior Games in all four of those events.





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