Track and Field: Olympians provide camp for pole vaulters

FAYETTEVILLE — There was no need for April Steiner Bennett to persuade Stacy Dragila to bring one of her pole vault camps to Northwest Arkansas.

The two have been partners in the Stacy Dragila Vault Camps for the past seven years, and Dragila — the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in that event — was fully aware of the success the area has enjoyed, especially at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Steiner Bennett competed for the Razorbacks and participated in the 2008 Olympics. She’s part of a pole vault tradition that includes Tina Sutej, Sandi Morris and twin sisters Lexi and Tori Weeks.

“I know the history of pole vault in the area,” Dragila said. “And I knew April had started a club when she was training here. So my first thought was would we have the numbers. I knew we had the claim here, but I didn’t know if we had the numbers.

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