Pole vault teams line up for annual Old Town Clovis outdoor extravaganza

Mike Arnold and Katie Nageotte are the highest-soaring man and woman, respectively, entered in the North American Pole Vault Association Championships, set for 5 p.m. Friday in Old Town Clovis.

The 19th annual event run by former Fresno State track and field coach Bob Fraley has drawn 30 jumpers who have been split into six-person representing the cities of Clovis, Hanford, Los Angeles, Reno and New Orleans. Each team has one elite male and female, and two boys and girls high school vaulters.

Fraley helped organized a day’s worth of kickoff events Thursday, including a pole vaulting and gymnastics clinic at Break the Barriers.

Arnold, a former Idaho State standout who has a career-best mark of 18-8.5, is the leader of Team Reno, which also features Madison Mills of South Dakota (13-6), Nevada high schoolers Ian Isherwood (12-6) and Nick Abreu (12-6), Buchanan High’s Jenny Wilson (12-2) and a vaulter to be announced.

Nageotte, the reigning NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor champion from Ashland (Ohio) University who has a best mark of 14-7.5, leads Team Clovis along with elite teammate Scott Greenman of Sioux Falls (16-9) and preps Trevor Groom of Clovis West (15-0), Mason Vanhelsdingen of Clovis North (14-4), Kennedy Krueger of Clovis North (12-0) and Beth Rossi of Clovis North (11-03).

Team Hanford is UCLA’s Dustin Deleo (18-4.5 and Megan Jamerson (14-5), Lemoore’s Tyson Pereira (13-0), Clovis West’s Zach Bethel (13-1) and Reagan Smith (10-8) and Sanger’s Angel Lovett (10-6).

Team Los Angeles features Long Beach State’s Tyler Wallace (18-0), UCLA’s Katy Viuf (14-6.5) as well as Southern California preps Reed Scale (15-7), Dillon Groener (15-7), Briana Pica (11-3) and Zoe Wilkens (10-9).

Team New Orleans has Houston’s Alex Bentley (17-6.5), Linfield’s Catherine Street (14-0), national high school leader Dylan Duvio (17-4.5) and fellow Louisiana high schoolers Cameron Robichaux (16-0), Madison Heath (13-9) and Lauren Torsch (11-3).

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