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Hammer and Pole Vault Talk - Washington Huskies

Hammer and Pole Vault Talk

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Venerable track and field publication Track & Field News is currently running a multi-part interview with legendary American pole vaulter Jeff Hartwig. In it, Hartwig discusses several of the current top American vaulters, including current Husky senior Scott Roth, and former Dawg and World Champion Brad Walker.

Here is the section of the interview concerning Roth in which Hartwig says, "of the young up-and-coming guys, he's doing the most right of anybody." Hartwig then goes on to analyze the speed that Roth uses to make up for his relatively small stature.

Talking about Walker, Hartwig says "If he gets his health back, he definitely is the guy to beat--not only in the U.S., but probably the world," though he admits that commenting on Walker is tough considering his recent struggles with injury.

Another fascinating read for Husky track fans is this blog entry from former UW All-American Martin Bingisser, who continues to train towards the 2012 Olympics in the hammer throw while vocally advocating for the sport on his website. In the post, Bingisser lays out the reasons for adding the hammer to the 13-14 year old age group in USATF youth competition. Bingisser lays out several compelling arguments and asks for support in calling for the rule change.

Definitely inspiring to see someone still so passionate about their sport and working hard to improve its standing!  Bingisser's blog is a great place to visit regularly for insight on the sport.

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