Pole vaulters soar during Expo event

BELTON — The 10th annual Pole Vaulting Explosion closed out two days of high-flying action Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center.

About 350 athletes tested their skill at soaring over the bar, said Jack Chapman, owner of Texas Elite Pole Vaulting of Killeen, sponsor of the winter event that begins the indoor pole vaulting season in Texas.

Lively music and ceaseless activity filled the Garth Arena as male and female pole vaulters warmed up, practiced and competed in three general divisions: Future Elite Boys and Girls, Intermediate and High School.

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