Pole vault contest returning to streets of Auburn

Paul Litchfield, the Bear River High track and field coach who hosted a pole vaulting event in an Auburn parking lot in August, is bringing the sporting event back to the streets in September.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 13, Litchfield’s Team Tuxedo is presenting the Knee Deep Brewery Street Vault at 13395 New Airport Road.

Litchfield already has a lineup featuring multiple local standouts that have gone on to become professional vaulters and will be competing for more than $1,000 in prize money.

Derick Hinch (Placer High), Kasey Burlingham (Colfax), Annie Burlingham (Colfax), Scott Roth (Granite Bay) and Litchfield (Bear River HS) are all part of the field. Mike Arnold (Carson High of Nevada) also figures to be a top contender.

“Kasey, Annie and Derick are all traveling Europe competing at the moment and have booked return flights through Sacramento in order to attend the event,” Litchfield said in an email to the Journal.

“I think this one is going to be even more exciting than the first, and Knee Deep will be a fantastic venue.”

The open group competition, for male and female vaulters with personal records from 6 to 11 feet, starts at noon.

The second open group, which is for male and female vaulters with PRs between 12 and 15 feet, kicks off at 2:30 p.m.

The prize group, for elite vaulters, gets underway at 5 p.m. The high/low bar competition is for women with a PR of 12 feet or more and men with a PR of 16 feet and up.

The contest, which is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event, is free for spectators.

The initial rendition, held in the parking lot of the Power’s Mansion on Cruise Nite, drew a large crowd of pole vaulting fanatics.

Entry, which cost $30 for athletes, is limited to 55 participants.

Local food and beverages will also be available.



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