Pole vaulting is hard enough as it is. After all, running top speed with a giant pole in your hands in order to launch yourself 10 feet into the air is no small task. Now, try doing it without so much as a coach, because that’s precisely what Spring Church (Pa.) Apollo-Ridge High junior Reannah Martin has done.
The Vikings do not feature a pole vaulting coach on staff, so Martin learned by watching YouTube videos, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. As a sophomore last season, her first competing in the event, Martin won the 2013 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AA championship.
“It does stink sometimes knowing that I have to look to opponents at meets for help,” she told the Tribune-Review. “But I’m used to it now. “YouTube is a huge thing. I have other vaulters take videos of me. Then I try to go through the video and look on YouTube and compare. I just take what they do, and I try to do it.”
Martin has since shattered the previous school pole vault record of 8 feet, ultimately clearing 10 feet to win the WPIAL Class AA title by nearly a foot last year. After reportedly attending West Virginia’s pole vaulting camp over the summer — and finally receiving some proper guidance — she cleared 9-6 in her first attempt this season and now begins the march toward matching last year’s state title-winning vault of 12-6.
Come to think of it, the Apollo-Ridge High track team does have a pole vaulting coach: Reannah Martin.
*** The articles that we post on this website are searched from the Internet and don’t reflect our views. VAULTER Magazine LLC. is bringing the pole vault news to the reader in one central location. ***