Well, the dust has settled on another Indiana State Fair. The crowd was entertained by 89 vaulters who all gave their best efforts. The day was started by the women, who got the event off to a great start. Sophie Brown and Rachel Mather showed why they were in the top 3 finishers at the Indiana Track and Field State Championships as both led the way in a strong field of women vaulters. Whitney Trujillo was the top finisher in the collegiate division. Brenda Babits and Karen Rieger were the top finishers for the masters women.
The elite group of men vaulters had the crowd cheering with approval as they kept raising the bar. Drew Volz and Jason Scott were tops for the day. After they both cleared 17 feet, the bar was raised to 5.52 meters (18’1″). They gave 6 of their best atempts of the day that had the crowd rockin’. You could feel the energy the crowd was putting into getting these vaulters over the bar. Tony Heath & Paul Babits lead the master vaulters with 15’6″ and 14’6″. Gary Hunter won the “Iron Man Award” for vaulting in Henderson, Kentucky on Friday evening and making the State Fair on Saturday. The high school men were lead by Deakin Volz. This young man is looking to add more state championships to the family legacy. I believe that 20 plus vaulters set PR’S on Saturday, leading to big smiles for everyone.
Richey Athletics, as always, had their great equipment there to catch every vaulter. The vaulters from Pole Vault Elite worked hard to keep the bars moving for all the other vaulters. Without help like this, it makes for a long, slow day. A great UCS Spirit pole was donated by UCS and Vault High Athletics. Organizer Dick Kochert is working with the Pole Vault Elite group to make another generous donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Overall, this turned out to be a wonderful day of making new friends and catching up with old friends in the great atmosphere of the Indiana State Fair.