Vaulters Get Some Air At Pole Vault Summit
Jan. 20, 2013
RENO, Nev. - Pat Licari's talented pole vault crew headed down to Reno this weekend, competing in the annual National Pole Vault Summit, as the Reno Livestock Events Center was turned into pole vaulting paradise. Several Huskies raised their levels on Saturday, vaulting over season-bests.
The Pole Vault Summit features competitions at all levels of skill and achievement, with some of the world's greatest vaulters competing alongside beginners, high school athletes, masters, and top NCAA jumpers. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Renaud Lavillenie of France won the elite competition, showing how the reigning top vaulter in the world does things.
For the Huskies, it was a strong day on Saturday. In the college competition, sophomore J.J. Juilfs cleared a height of 17-4 1/2, tied for the best mark in that competition. Freshman Jax Thoirs had a nice day, matching his personal-best with a clearance of 17-0 3/4. Fellow freshman Chris Williams did not clear a bar, however.
The vaulters will be back home in the Dempsey this coming Saturday at the UW Invitational.