Track is right around the corner

Nick Meyer (Wichita-Bishop Carroll) moved into a tie for the no. 5 spot on the all-time Kansas boys’ pole vault list last year with his season best 16’7” and was tied for no. 9 on the 2012 US Prep list. Ranked by Track & Field News as the no. 2 returning USA prep vaulter from last season, Meyer cleared 16’6” in winning the high school division of the UCS National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. in January. Only three Kansas preps have ever vaulted 17-feet or better and you can bet that Meyer will be taking dead aim at the all-time Kansas best of 17’6” held by Steve Stubblefield (KC Wyandotte), a mark that has been on the books since 1980.

Emily Brigham (Shawnee-Mill Valley) gave Kansas its second all-time state best in the girls’ pole vault for the second straight year in 2012. Brigham’s 13’7” best, cleared in July 2012, took over the top spot on the all-time Kansas list and led all American prep girls. She was recognized as the second ranked US prep vaulter for 2012 on Track & Field News annual All-American listing and entered the 2013 season as the no. 1-ranked US prep returner by T&FN. Brigham has cleared 13’6.25” in February, a mark that ranks as the no. 7 all-time mark in US prep indoor vault history. Brigham shouldn’t have to travel too far to find plenty of competition since Cassie Wait (Gardner-Edgerton) is just down the road. Wait cleared 12’10” last season and ranks second on the all-time Kansas list, but a collegiate volleyball career may be her focus this spring.

Brigham showed her versatility when she moved into the no. 2 spot on the all-time Kansas long jump list in 2012 with her windy, season best 20’4.25”. That jump ranked no. 7 in the US for all preps under all conditions, windy and legal, in 2012 and put Brigham on the Track & Field News list of top prep returners for 2013 at the no. 12 spot.


Nick Vaulter Magazine
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