The Texas Elite Pole Vaulting (TXE) held their Expo VII Explosion: In The Dome event at the Bell County Expo Center last Saturday.
Many of the area, state and country’s best pole vaulters converged on the Expo and from the start of the day, impressed the crowd.
The highest flyer of the bunch was Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber, competing in the Elite Open Men division. Hitting a vault of 5.88 meters (19 feet 4 inches), he set the meet record.
Belton Lady Tiger pole vault specialist Claire Woodson and Central Texas Christian School Lions’ pole vault specialist Luke Littlefield were two local participants in the event. Woodson, participating in the Elite High School Girls Division, finished tied for fifth overall, clearing a height of 11’4”.
“I think I did pretty well today, considering it is the first time that in a few months that I have pole vaulted,” Woodson said. “I just wanted to come in here with a positive attitude, compete and make the changed that I needed to make.
Woodson placed well in a division that was full of talented vaulters.
“I thought it was a competitive division, with a couple of the girls jumping 13 feet in their,” Woodson said. “There are a few state champions jumping in this division, so I was very happy with how I placed.”
Littlefield finished tied for fifth overall in the Elite High School Boys division, clearing a height of 14’4”.
With this being an Olympic year in 2016, many of the vaulters are looking to improve their vault heights. Barber will certainly improve his positioning for the Canadian trials. Others will have their opportunities over the next several weeks.