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August 26, 2004 | By Ashley McGeachy Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Using a series of damaged poles, American Derek Miles was one of 16 pole vaulters to clear the required height of 18 feet, 8 1/4 inches yesterday in the preliminary round. Miles got the qualifying score on his last attempt. Miles will be joined in tomorrow's final by Tim Mack of Knoxville, Tenn., and Toby Stevenson of Chula Vista, Calif. "I was pretty relieved to get through, because our goal was to make it to the finals," Miles said. "It was a little shaky getting things figured out. But I think now that we made it to the finals, we're a little relaxed.
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September 30, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
No one thought it would be 32 years between gold medals in pole vaulting for the United States. The pole vault used to be as American as tail fins on a Cadillac. At every Olympics from the London Games of 1908 to the Mexico City Games of 1968, the gold went to the United States. In 1952, 1956 and 1960, Americans finished 1-2. It ended with Bob Seagren's gold in 1968. No American had won it since then - until Nick Hysong and Lawrence Johnson came through on a muggy night in Sydney.
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May 14, 1990 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
Since 1970, Pat Hurley has been a fixture at the Southern Chester County League championship meet. Stopwatch in hand and yelling louder than just about anyone else, Hurley has joined his wife, Verna, in cheering on seven sons, five of whom have won individual league championships for Octorara. Pat Jr. was the first Hurley to compete for Octorara. A 1973 graduate, he won the mile and 2-mile races at the league championship meet four consecutive years. Next came Mike, Steve, Bill, Dan, Matt and finally Luke, the youngest son and currently a junior.
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June 9, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Defending world champion Brad Walker broke an 8-year-old American record in the pole vault yesterday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., clearing 19 feet, 9 3/4 inches on the same field where he'll try to make his first U.S. Olympic team in only 3 weeks. "The track's good, we'll say that," Walker said. "Eugene, when the weather's nice, is probably one of the best places to jump. The American record's here for me now. I know that it's a great place to jump. I know I'm confident that I can jump high here, so it just adds to my confidence for the trials.
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April 20, 1992 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Downingtown's Chris Watson and Coatesville's Clint Seace won individual events to highlight area performances in Saturday's 17th annual Father Judge Track Relay Carnival. Watson cleared 14 feet, winning the pole vault and continuing his string of outstanding performances this spring. This is the second time he has cleared 14-0, which ties the school record. "I did pretty well, considering the weather," Watson said of the cold conditions Saturday. "The runway here is pretty quick, and everything seemed to click.
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January 18, 2002 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The NJSIAA avoided a potential lawsuit after its executive committee approved a plan last week to include girls' pole vault as a standard spring track event by 2004. Officials from Hunterdon Central, a Group 4 school from Central Jersey, had said they would sue if the NJSIAA kept girls from the sport at all regular-season events. Until last week's approval, only boys' pole vault was recognized as a standard spring track event by the NJSIAA. "This is what we wanted three years ago, but I'm glad they finally decided a plan of action needed to be in place," Hunterdon Central athletic director Bob Rossi said.
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April 20, 1987 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
In a meet dominated by Penn Wood and Penncrest, Haverford High's Nick Gargiule was the only area athlete to have a good meet at the Delaware County Relay Championships on Saturday at Springfield. The Fords' senior combined with teammate Rob Letofsky to win the pole-vault relay and anchored the 800-meter relay team (Steve Coren, Darrin Harris, Dave Ocenas and Gargiule) to a third-place finish behind Penn Wood and St. James. Penn Wood won four events and Penncrest three. In the pole vault, Gargiule cleared 12 feet, 6 inches, and Letofsky 9-0 for a total of 21-6.
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February 18, 1999 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Lack of practice hasn't limited Villa Maria Academy's Amy Carroll in the pole vault. Although the weather has not been conducive to outdoor pole-vault workouts, Carroll still tied for third in her speciality at Saturday's Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Carnival. She cleared 7 feet, 6 inches at Lehigh University. "That was real good for her," Villa Maria coach Phil Genther said. "It was a little warmer last week, and she was able to vault. She's only been able to practice three days all year because of the weather.
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April 29, 2005 | By Keith Pompey and Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Jess Kloss was running scared. Cruising down the runway of what was her biggest pole vault event thus far in the outdoor season, the Moorestown senior had things on her mind. It had nothing to do with her attempted clearance height of 12 feet. The nationally ranked vaulter had already cleared that height six times at meets and many more times at practice. What scared her was the slippery runway due to the rain as she competed yesterday in the high school girls' pole vault championship.
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May 23, 2001 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In what could be seen as a victory for the girls' pole vault competition in New Jersey, the Burlington County League's executive committee recently voted to include the sport as a scored event in league dual meets during next year's outdoor season. The Burlington County League is the first athletic conference in South Jersey to approve the event for scoring in dual meets. "This is a great thing," said Rancocas Valley track coach Shana Butch, who has two girls learning to vault, Lauren Detrick and Lisa Steinhauer.
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May 9, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Central got off to a roaring start Wednesday at the Public League Track and Field Championships at Johnston Stadium in Mount Airy. The Lancers won four of the first six finals contested on Day 1. Walt Pegues claimed two championships. He leaped 22 feet, 7 inches to capture the long jump, and he won the triple jump with a mark of 43-21/2. Sam Reid won the discus with a throw of 151-10, and Jonathon Henderson took gold in the javelin with a heave of 142-7. In the day's other final, Masterman's Joseph Previdi and Julian Roessler ran first and second in the 3,200 meters.
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March 30, 2014 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
Something unexpected, and wonderful and problematic, happened to Springfield Township's Chris Stone at the PIAA state track and field championships last spring. Stone was participating in the Class AA pole vault as a sophomore, despite less than two months' experience in the event, and cleared a height as high as he had reached before, and then one even higher than that. Suddenly, he was at a new level, literally and figuratively. And he realized he needed a sturdier pole, because somehow during the event, just like that, he had outgrown his. West Middlesex senior Luke Patten, the only other vaulter left in the competition, let Stone use one of his poles.
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May 30, 2013
The top six in the boys' pole vault at the South Jersey Group 4 track and field championships were incorrectly listed Sunday. Here are the top finishers. Pole vault: 1 Reuben Pagan, Triton, 12-6; 2 Tyler Valeo, Toms River North, 12-6; 3 William Poley, Millville, 12-0; 4 Sherman King, Williamstown, 12-0; 5 Jon Malpass, Shawnee, 12-0; 6 Kevin Bucceroni, Triton, 12-0.
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May 29, 2013
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April 25, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
The pole vault is unlike most other track and field events, and the reason goes beyond the obvious - the poles that are more than twice as tall as the athletes. As a contest based on clearing heights, just like the high jump, the vault doesn't often begin with all the competitors participating. The better ones pass on what they consider pedestrian heights and wait until the bar gets raised to more serious levels. That routine was taken to a bit of an extreme Saturday at the Central Bucks West Relays.
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April 22, 2013 | By Tim McManus and Austin Odenbrett, Inquirer Staff Writers
As twins, Alison and Shannon Taub already have plenty in common. They added a couple of more things Saturday. The Council Rock South sophomores each cleared 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, combining to set a meet record at the Central Bucks West Relays. Council Rock South also set a meet record in the pole vault. Amanda Benninghoff vaulted 12 feet, combining with teammate Kate Hirthler to vault 22 feet and establish a new meet standard. Those were just two of the records to fall Saturday.
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April 21, 2013 | By Austin Odenbrett, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Simon Gratz boys' track team, Saturday's Great Valley R. Joseph Kellerman Relays were the final rehearsal before the Penn Relays. If the Bulldogs can carry over their momentum, this coming week could be filled with a good amount of success. Despite below-average temperatures and a gusty wind, Gratz won the 4x200-meter relay in 1 minute, 31.58 seconds and finished third in the 4x100. "The more confident you are, the better you run," Bulldogs coach Robert Massie said.
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August 7, 2012 | By Eddie Pells, Associated Press
LONDON - Jenn Suhr walked with a purpose over to the stands to see her husband, who gingerly wrapped an American flag around her shoulders while she sobbed into his chest. Yes, they've come a long way together. From training in a pair of huts connected together to form a jumping pit - to winning an Olympic gold medal on her sport's grandest stage. Suhr, who won the silver medal in Beijing and has since fought through an Achilles injury and a long, mysterious, sometimes-debilitating illness that turned out to be a gluten allergy, got the Olympic gold she needed to round out her resume.
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June 7, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Katie Johnston said she always has been good at throwing things. That's why she played baseball instead of softball as a youngster. "I threw too hard for the girls," Johnston said. Johnston still was on the diamond in the spring of her freshman year at Haddonfield, playing softball. She almost played softball as a sophomore, too. "I was really on the fence about it," Johnston said. "I had run winter track and liked it, and my track friends were telling me, 'Do spring track.
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June 7, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Katie Johnston said she always has been good at throwing things. That's why she played baseball instead of softball as a youngster. "I threw too hard for the girls," Johnston said. Johnston still was on the diamond in the spring of her freshman year at Haddonfield, playing softball. She almost played softball as a sophomore, too. "I was really on the fence about it," Johnston said. "I had run winter track and liked it, and my track friends were telling me, 'Do spring track.
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