Coach Rick saw a lot of progress today, as the mid-indoor season is upon us.
Hard work on various technical aspects is really paying off for these Rockets.
Friend Ben Finger of N. Gaston won the event, 14'.
In a three-way "tie" for 2d place was
Jonathan Lehe (jr, LNHS)13' 6" (fewest attempts), followed by Providence's Seth Rabinowitz and
Justin Richard (sr, LNHS)13' 6" (with some solid swipes at 14' 6")
Tristan Borlase (soph, MHS) brought a solid 11'
Jacob Thompson (jr, LNHS) posted a great 10' 6"
Katie Shubert (soph, MHS) showed off the skills she has been so tirelessly working on, jumping 8' 6"
High Point University's Pole Vault team competed in the college division: Rachel Berndsen, Cameron Carpentier, Isaiah Henderson, Carter Clasper, Zane Griffith and Jordan McClung, plus former HPU jumper and Scott's right-hand, Jill Marois.
HPU Coach, Scott Houston competed in the men's elite division, alongside his friends -- various National and International record-holders and Olympians, such as Scott, Sandi Morris, Mary Saxer, Katie Nageotte, Alyssa Newman, Mike Arnold, Jeff Coover, our good friend Sean Young, and many, many more.
We also had the opportunity to watch the college and high school meets, where new friends were made and old friends were reunited, such as me with Carl Porambo of Vault Factory and daughter vaulter Frankie
The best way to ring out the old year and launch into the new year!
Fantastic flights, great PRs, good friends and lots of fun! Thanks, Coach Riggs!
photo, L to R,
standing: Coach Rick, Jessica Brewer, Justin Richard and Jeff Tsang
sitting: Ben Watkins, Alina McDonald, Coach Riggs, Tristan Borlase, Ben Finger, Dave, Cameron Carpentier, Jonathan Lehe
Coach Rick is the most positive coach I've ever known. His vaulters will continue to
reach for the sky. No sound the first few clips but listen all the way through;
it's guaranteed to make you smile!
Today's temps reached into the high 70s, and these vaulters reached for new heights.
Jonathan Lehe (Jr, LNHS), Jacob Thompson (Jr, LNHS) and Justin Richard (Sr, LNHS)
worked to perfect their technique.
We are expecting a very successful RMPV season!
Practice Session in warm, sunny NOVEMBER
November 3, 2016 Today our good friends at KMR Athletics, Coach Brian Riggs, Alina McDonald and
Jessica Brewer joined us for a jumps session that was awe-inspiring!
October 29, 2016
Pole Vault Carolina (Durham, NC) hosted a pole vault clinic conducted by 2016 U.S.A. Olympic medal winning coach, Scott Kendricks. Coach Kendricks coached his son, Sam Kendricks, to a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio. Under his father's tutelage, Sam also set an Olympic
Trials record, won 5 consecutive USA Championships, and an IAAF World
Indoor silver medal. This was a very rare opportunity to learn
from pole vault’s Coach K. The clinic was open to coaches and athletes of
all age and skill levels. The Scott Kendricks Invitational took
place immediately following the clinic. Rocket Man PV's Cameron Carpentier (Freshman, High Point University) and Jonathan Lehe (Junior, Lake Norman High School) joined Coach Carp for this wish-it-never-had-to-end day!
Beyond the valuable tips and finer points about pole vault we learned about humility, sportsmanship and strength of character. Mastery of all these things is how his son Sam Kendricks is not only an Olympian and defender of our country but a deeply good person. Thank you Pole Vault Carolina for hosting! We love our "village"!!
Rocket Man Pole Vault: test flight
October 10, 2016
Jonathan Lehe and Justin Richard brought some poles back with them after Sunday's practice at Vault House and decided to test our runway under a late-afternoon famous Carolina blue sky. Coach Rick was DELIGHTED!
Rocket Man Pole Vault: learning to run(way) in a Hurricane (sort of)
October 7, 2016
With Hurricane Matthew looming just to the south of us, and the rain and wind making their presence known, (really? we haven't had rain in what seems like 70 days, and you choose TODAY?) the boys and Coach nonetheless set out our first 6 sections of completed runway, attached the stabilizing, adjustable feet, leveled everything. Then, some 6 hours later, went home for a hot shower, dry clothes and some chicken soup.
Hats' off to Jonathan Lehe, Justin Richard, Andrew Anastasio and Coach Rick!
Rocket Man Pole Vault: setting the foundation
Aug 13 & 14, 2016
Aug 18-21, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
The weather-resistant pit base is finished and the runway is being manufactured! World, here we come!
Lake Norman High School Girls:
Katy Ellis (Soph) 7'00"
Lake Norman High School Boys:
Jonathan Lehe (Soph) 13'00"
Andrew Anastasio (Jr) 12'6"
Cameron Carpentier (Sr) 11'0"
Mooresville High School Boys:
Liam Dixon (Sr) 15'00" (1st place)