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“If you want to fly, you must give up everything that weighs you down,” – unknown. Pole vaulting is an athletic event where competitors attempt to vault over a high bar with an extremely long, flexible pole held in the hands and used to give extra spring.

“Repetition, repetition, repetition, and drills,” Pole vaulting coach Craig Bethell said as he prepares his athletes over the fear of going over the bar.  

When pole vaulting, the athlete goes over the bar backwards.

“There are a lot of hard things [in the sport but] being upside down [is most difficult],” Coach Bethell said. He has been pole vaulting since he was ten and his father was a pole vault coach. The athletes his father coached encouraged him to become a pole vaulter.

“[I] thought it was pretty neat,” Bethell said. “So, everyday [I] go to watch their practice and when [I] was in third grade [my] father put a pole in [my] hand.”

Coach Bethell’s father never pole vaulted, but as a coach he still influenced him. His father is highly qualified to coach due to the fact that he is a state champion, and has  even coached many state champions. His sons wish to continue his legacy.  

Running on a platform toward a hole carrying a pole, making oneself fly is the sport pole vaulting. It’s an amazing track sport which you can watch at track meets this year.

2018 Track & Field

JANUARY 6 TEXAS ROUNDUP (INDOOR POLE VAULT) JOSHUA (MPAC)

JANUARY 27 JOSHUA INDOOR POLE VAULT JOSHUA (MPAC)

FEBRUARY 16 WACO MIDWAY WACO MIDWAY

FEBRUARY 22 BEN DAVIS RELAYS BREWER

MARCH 1,2,3 ? ?

MARCH 8 JOHNNY PERKINS RELAYS GRANBURY

MARCH 12-16 SPRING BREAK                         (WORKOUT WED. THUR. & FRI.)

MARCH 23 JOSHUA OWLS RELAYS JOSHUA

MARCH 24 JESUIT SHEANER RELAYS (QUALIFIERS ONLY) JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL (DALLAS)

MARCH 29 LION RELAYS WACO HIGH

MARCH 31 TEXAS RELAYS (QUALIFIERS ONLY) UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

APRIL 4&5 DISTRICT 8-5A CHAMPIONSHIPS JOSHUA

APRIL 19 AREA 7&8 5A CHAMPIONSHIPS JOSHUA

April 27&28 REGION 1 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS UTA

MAY 11 & 12 STATE 5A TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

 

 

 

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