Rocket Man Pole Vault 

Outdoor Pole Vault training and meet facility      Mooresville - Lake Norman, North Carolina

Coach Rick's 
Passion + Persistence + Patience + Progress = Positive Results/PRs


Spring/Outdoor Season: Feb 16 - June 9 
Submit your paperwork and payments   
see club info for more 


RMPV Summer Series #1

Saturday, July 7, 2018

12 pm Women, followed by Men

$20 (free to Elite and Post-Collegiate vaulters)

Register here

RMPV Summer Series #2

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

6pm Women, followed by Men

$20 (free to Elite and Post-Collegiate vaulters)

Register here


Congratulations to our hard-working pole vaulters! 

We are all wishing you the very best as you represent your schools at 

NCHSAA Track and Field Regionals   

May you run fast, plant well, swing hard, jump high, 

clear bars, land safely,

but most of all 

cherish these moments and have FUN! 

in green: these vaulters advance to the State Meet! 

Friday, May 11

3A Midwest @ Dudley HS, Greensboro

Matthew Eberhard (Weddington)

Sami Eberhard  (Weddington)

Conference Chp, Cannon @ Providence Day 

Mia Biehler

Saturday, May 12

1A Midwest @ N Stokes HS, Danbury

Campbell Worsley (Community School of Davidson)

Ally Richardson (Pine Lake Prep)

Lindsey Dotson (PLP)

Emily Dotson (PL)  

2A Midwest @ Surry Central HS, Dobson)

Peyton Stone (E Lincoln)

2A West @ Bunker Hill HS, Claremont)

Haleigh Kanipe (Bunker Hill)

Andie Hubbard (Bandys)

Alex Schmerber (N Lincoln)

3A West @ Watauga HS, Boone

Kaleb Davis (S Iredell)

Garrett  Gibson (N Iredell)

Daniel Nicholson (N Iredell)

Ben Finger (N Gaston)

4A West @ Providence HS, Charlotte

Spencer Evans (Lake Norman HS)

Jonathan Lehe (LNHS)

Jacob Thompson (LNHS)

Jessica Wynblatt (LNHS)

New Balance Indoor Nationals 

The Armory

New York City

March 9-11, 2018 

Ben Finger (N Gaston HS, Sr.)
Qualifier: 15' 7"/4.75m, Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational, Liberty University, Feb 3, 2018  
National 19th place overall, NC #2, NC #1 Senior:                   
    15' 3.5"/4.66m

Spencer Evans (Lake Norman HS, Soph)
Qualifier: 16' 3/4"/4.9m, Darius Dixon Memorial Invit, Liberty University, Feb 3, 2018  
National 4th place overall, NC#1, USA #1Sophomore, All-American:      16' 5.25"/5.01m

Jonathan Lehe
(Lake Norman HS, Sr)

Qualifier: 14'6"/4.42m, Marshall Univ HS Meet, Feb 24, 2018  
National 29th place overall, NC #5, NC #3 Senior:  
      13' 9.75"/ 4.21m

Daniel Nicholson (N Iredell HS, Sr)
Qualifier: 15'/4.57m, Marshall Univ HS Meet, Feb 24, 2018  
National 14th place overall, NC #3, NC #2 Senior:  
       14' 9.5"/4.51m


NCHSAA Indoor State T&F Championships

Feb 8-9, 2018

Congratulations to our Indoor State Meet jumpers

and two State Champions

1A/2A  Alex Schmerber, 10'

            Randy Campbell 

            Ally Richardson, 8' 6"

            Haleigh Kanipe, 8' 6"

3A        Ben Finger, 15', MilesplitUS Elite Gold, First Place

            Daniel Nicholson, 14', MilesplitUS Bronze, Second Place

            Matthew Eberhard, 13', MilesplitUS Bronze

            Sami Eberhard,11',  MilesplitUS Elite Silver, Third Place

4A        Spencer Evans, 15', MilesplitUS Gold, First Place

            Jonathan Lehe, 14', MilesplitUS Bronze, Fourth Place


*pics and videos in Gallery


Liberty University 

February 2-3, 2018 


Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational 

Rocketman jumpers Jonathan Lehe, Ally Richardson, Randy Campbell, Spencer Evans and Ben Finger competed in the star-studded Pole Vault fields.  

We laughed, we cried, we celebrated!  

Bonus: Ben and Spencer came away with shiny new PRs!              


                                                                                     See gallery for more.


Spencer began vaulting just 8 months ago! 

 #coachricks4ps (see above)

#goals (see below)


to RMPV's 


who qualified for the 

New Balance Indoor Nationals 

-Championship Level-

(entry guidelines)

 with this 15'5" jump at last weekend's 

JDL Tune Up Meet  



Success is based first on specifying tangible goals and then measuring, recognizing, and quantifying -- and re-evaluating -- motivation and achievements.  

If you missed our Goals Workshop or haven't filled out your Goals worksheet, download it here and email it Coach Carp asap.  Sharing your goals with your coaches, teammates, family and friends will set up a support system; these key people will help you to reach your goals! 

Here are some of the inspirational short-term, mid-term and long-term goals that your club teammates have clarified:

    • run faster
    • be committed to cool-down/stretching
    • bend a pole
    • conquer negative self-talk
    • plant tall consistently
    • improve my stamina
    • develop and use a mantra
    • pole vault in college
    • graduate to a 13' pole
    • set a school record
    • advise and encourage each other
    • gain more muscle strength
    • learn relaxation and visualization techniques and USE them
    • clear x' by x date
    • stronger takeoff
    • get more sleep
    • contribute points to my high school team to help us win the state meet

......what will YOU add?   

Rocket Man Pole Vault Summer Series 2017 
WOMEN: 11'6" Hadley Zucker, 7-12-17   
MEN: 15'8" Jackson Widener, 7-12-17                                

Congrats to all of our athletes who jumped so well in your
NCHSAA and NCISAA State Championships 2017! 

The competition this year was tougher than we’ve seen in past years; you talented vaulters were in great company with your talented peers!  Coach Rick and I are so proud of the hardworking athletes you are, but even more so, of the incredible people of high character and role models of good sportsmanship you all are — ALL of you, whether you jumped yesterday or not!

Andrew Anastasio, LNHS, 4A, 13’ 6”, 10th Place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Jonathan Lehe, LNHS, 4A, 14’, 2nd place, MileSplitUS Elite Silver
Spencer Evans, LNHS, 4A, 13’ 6” 9th place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Jessica Wynblatt, LNHS, 4A, 9’, 12th place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Ben Finger, N Gaston, 3A, 14’ 6”, 2d place, MileSplitUS Elite Silver
Daniel Nicholson, N Iredell, 13’ 6”, 6th place, 3AMileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Sami Eberhard, Weddington, 3A, 10’, 5th place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Andie Hubbard, Bandys, 2A, 8’ 6”, 7th place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Lindsey Dotson, Pine Lake Prep, 1A, 9’, 3d place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Ally Richardson, Pine Lake Prep, 1A, 8’ 6”, 6th place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze
Hadley Zucker, Woodlawn, NCISAA 1A  10’, 1st place, MileSplitUS Elite Bronze

RMPV Regionals Qualifiers:
4A (qualifying requirement: men,12' 0" (3.65m); women, 9' 0"(2.74m), or top 16)
Lake Norman High School 
Andrew Anastasio, 13’;  Spencer Evans, 12’6”;  Jonathan Lehe, 14’;   Justin Richard, 14’6”;  Jacob Thompson, 12’6” 
Once again, for the 4th or 5th consecutive time —and it’s a GREAT problem to have!— LNHS has too many qualifiers, FIVE, and allowed to take only THREE to Regionals.  Those three will be Andrew, Jonathan and Spencer
Jessica Wynblatt, new school record holder, 9’

Mooresville High School
Men: Tristan Borlase,  11'
Women: Katie Shubert, 8' 6"; Becca Karriker, 8'

3A (men 12' 0"  (3.65m); women  8' 6" (2.59m))
North Gaston HS
Ben Finger, 14’ 8”
Men: Matthew Eberhard, 13’6”
Women, Sami Eberhard, 10'
North Iredell:
Daniel Nicholson, 13’
Garrett Gibson, 12’ 
2A (men  11' 0"  (3.04m), women 7' 6"  (2.28m))
East Lincoln: Peyton Stone, 13’
           (PR as of April 22, 11’; New PR 12’ on April 29; New PR 13’ May 1)
1A/2A (men  10' 0" (3.04m), women 7' 6"  (2.28m))
Pine Lake Prep
Women: Lindsey Dotson, 8’; Ellie Murphy, 7’6”; Ally Richardson, 7’6"
Woodlawn School: Hadley Zucker, 10'

New Balance Indoor Track and Field Nationals

March 10-12, 2017

The Armory, New York City


Congratulations to RMPV's 

Emerging Elite Qualifiers:

Justin Richard, LNHS, Sr

Ben Finger, N Gaston, Jr

Congratulations to our RMPV athletes who competed in the

2017 NCHSAA 4A Indoor Track and Field
State Championships

Tristan Borlase, So, Mooresville HS
Katie Shubert, So, Mooresville HS
Andrew Anastasio, Sr,  Lake Norman HS
Jacob Thomspon, Jr, Lake Norman HS
Justin Richard, Sr, Lake Norman HS
and Jonathan Lehe, Jr, Lake Norman HS,

RMPV Grand Opening took place
Saturday, October 15, 2016 under Carolina Blue
(sometimes cloudy) skies and perfect temps in the low 70s.
Jumpers from High Point University's Pole Vault team; Alina McDonald and Coach Riggs from KMR: Mooresviile and Lake Norman vaulters were launching to new heights, and you can
relive all the excitement -- check out the pictures and videos (in the Photo Gallery link, above), starting with the one just below of Jonathan Lehe's spectacular trumpet performance of our National Anthem.

Lake Norman High School 

Men's 2016

Pole Vault Team




in North Carolina, all classes


-Coach Eric Richard-

Congratulations to the Lake Norman's Pole Vault Team members named in the rankings, listed alphabetically:

Andrew Anastasio

Michael Berg

Zac Brown

Cameron Carpentier

Jonathan Lehe

 Brennen Oliver

Jacob Thompson

See the article here


Your support helps us to offer world-class equipment, 

 training and coaching. 

Your donations are 

greatly appreciated!

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THANK YOU to our generous donors:

Nick and Frankie David

David Day

The Thompson Family

Casey Roche

Richard Ishler

Charlotte Running Company, Lake Norman/               Todd & Erica Joefreda, and Kelly Jenco

Pisces Restaurant, Mooresville / Raymond Lau

L&H Plumbing Contractors 

Kip's Home Improvements

Beth & Will Dixon

Twin Star International

Toyota Racing Team

Bond Mfg / Pete Carpentier

Bull Grills / Robbie Basinger

Greg and Kimberly Sheehan 

Tim and Wendy Portelance 

Bruce Wodder

Denise and Kevin Oliver

Eric & Liz Richard

Pete and Donna Carpentier


Thank You

We often hear that it takes a village and nowhere is that MORE true than in Pole Vaulting.   The coaches and vaulters we now call "family"  have helped, supported, celebrated, cheered, and commiserated with us all, from the home-field practice to High Point's Vault House to JDL FastTrack to Pole Vault Carolina to KMR Athletics, The Armory, NC A&T, The Akron PV Convention, The Olympic Trials and beyond, we honor you, we salute you and most of all we thank you:  

Coach Eric Richard, Rocket Man PV

Coach Eric Morell, Vault House

Coach Scott Houston, HPU; Vault House

Coach Brian Riggs, KMR Athletics

Coach Jose SanMiguel, Pole Vault Carolina

Elite Vaulters Sean Young, Kat Majester,

     Aaron Unterberger, Austin Miller, Michael     

     Cyphers, Jill Marois

Elite Vaulter and Vlogger Shawn Francis

Coach Stokes, Lake Norman HS

Jeff George, NCMilesplit

Bill Kiser, Charlotte Observer

Craig Longhurst, JDL FastTrack

Greg Sheehan 

Liam Dixon and family

Joe Popek and family

Ben Finger and family

Carlos Neber Sosa Segovia

Jeff Tsang

Matt Broughton, Velocity Track Systems, a 

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