June 11, 2007
SEATTLE - The University of Washington track and field program, in conjunction with PoleVaultPower.com, will bring the region's top pole vaulters together for two days of fun in the sun next month with beach vault competitions in Tacoma (July 4th) and Seattle (July 7th).
An annual highlight of the Northwest pole vaulting schedule, this year's "beach vaults" -- contested on a 150-foot ultra-fast wood runway placed directly on the waterfront -- will be held in conjunction with two of the region's most enjoyable summer events, including Tacoma's Freedom Fair and Seattle's month-long Seafair festival.
Celebrate Independence Day and the Tacoma Freedom Festival with the region's top vaulters at the July 4th beach vault off Ruston Way on the Tacoma waterfront, then head up I-5 to help kick off Seattle's annual Seafair festival by welcoming the Seafair pirates to Alki Beach with the second beach vault competition of the summer on July 7th.
This year's beach vault field is expected to be on par with past competitions, which have included NCAA champions, USA champions, world and Olympic champions, as well as the best high school and Masters athletes in the Northwest.
Both competitions will follow the same schedule. Entry is open to vaulters of all ages and skill levels, with competitions to be held at the Masters', high school and high-school elite levels, as well as the much-anticipated Elite Men's and Women's Vault:
10 a.m. - Masters Women/Men, High School Girls/Boys (PR under 11 feet)
12 p.m. - Masters Women/Men, High School Girls/Boys (PR over 11 feet)
2 p.m. - High School Boys (PR over 14 feet)
5 p.m. - Elite Men/Women (4 foot difference in bar height)
Due to the limited amount of space in the competition, entries must be received no later than Friday, June 28 to guarantee a position in the meet. Entries will be taken the day of the meet if space permits.
To complete an entry form, or for more information, visit www.PoleVaultPower.com.