December 2017 Harvard University Issue of Vaulter Magazine Cover USPS Mail

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December 2017 Harvard University Issue of Vaulter Magazine Cover

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Pole Vault news, “All in the family: Pole-vault phenom Mondo Duplantis signs with LSU track and field team” (Pole-vault phenom Mondo Duplantis signs with LSU track and field team (2017). Retrieved from

“Call it a comeback. A 5,130-mile comeback, to be exact. Sondre Guttormsen’s story begins in 1999, when he was born in Davis while his father was spending a year studying abroad at UC Davis, working on an economics Ph.D.” (Look who’s back: Norwegian pole vault prodigy returns to Davis. (2017). Retrieved from

On the cover, we have Harvard University with Coach Brenner Abbott, “The Harvard pole vaulting team is coached by the great Brenner Abbott. Originally the Northeastern coach, Abbott made the switch from Boston to Cambridge, and in 2012 dropped the Huskies to become a Crimson.” Have a read and check out his unique approach to pole vaulting and training. “Because Coach Abbott’s training style is so run-oriented, the NCAA regulated limit on early season vault practice is no problem.” Samantha Kaplan does her homework with all her articles, and it shows that she puts in the work. Good Job!

Kreager Taber talks about the importance of rope drills throughout all of your pole vault training. “Doing swing up drills on a hanging rope can help the vaulter develop the necessary strength to perform a fast swing while vaulting. The athlete should stand under the rope and jump so that their feet cannot touch the ground in order to begin the drill.” The hips up, shoulders down and pure hard work goes hand in hand with this article. If you want to learn about rope drills, here is the article to read! It comes from experience, and this young lady provides some outstanding insight and knowledge from her experience. Good job Kreager!

Bundle up tight, and we will see you for the new year!

Bring on the Indoor Season and the cool, brisk, breeze of the month of November.

Pole Vault news, “Gilligan soared 3.60m to break the Centre and Residential Record for the 40-plus age group.” (Gilligan sets pole vault record. (2017). Retrieved from

“World javelin champion Johannes Vetter from Germany and world pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi from Greece were named 2017 European Athletes of the Year at the Golden Tracks award ceremony in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday (14) evening.” (Vetter and Stefanidi crowned European Athletes of the Year. (2017). Retrieved from

On the cover, we have the University of Massachusettes Lowell with Coach Patrick Swett with seven years of experience on to put towards pole vault and long jumping. “Today, the UMass Lowell coaching staff is quite large, with at least one coach focused on each event, but the team was not always this fortunate. The ability to expand the staff and the program is due to UMass Lowell’s recent elevation from an NCAA Division II school to a Division I school in 2013. “When I began my career at UMass Lowell,” recounts Coach Swett, “We were a Division II athletic institution with only a few track coaches, so I coached the pole vault, high jump, long jump, triple jump, and was the multi-events coordinator.”” Samantha Kaplan helps bring the coach and his athletes into the forefront of this article.

Here comes the Danes! “For many collegiate athletes, the choice of whether or not to study abroad for a semester or even a year is intertwined with the prospect of losing time to train. Especially for pole vaulters, it is difficult to find ways to train effectively in a foreign country while still enjoying a break from competitive practices. However, pole vaulting while abroad is a great way to meet local athletes, immerse yourself in a new culture, and engage in different ways of training. When I first decided to study abroad in Denmark for the fall semester of my junior year, I was worried that I would have to sacrifice my winter and spring seasons because of the lack of practice. A quick google search of “pole vaulting clubs in Copenhagen” brought me to the homepage of the Amager Athletik Club, located on the island of Amager outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. I reached out to the coach, Allan Kolbye, over email and found myself walking onto their track a week later.” Kreager Taber looks to be having some serious fun over sea’s, and we hope that she travels well and studies hard!

Enjoy your fall and we will be back for the cold month of December.

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