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PHOTO BY MIKE MCCARTHY

Jeff Coover     Indianapolis          18' 7.5" (5.68)       

2014 PUB VAULT CHAMPION

Born and raised in San Diego, California, re-routed to Cedar Falls, IA after college at Indiana University. Jeff is now coached by former USA World Team Member Jacob Pauli, who boasts a 19'1" PR. Jeff was a 4-time NCAA All-American while at Indiana, and has had four top-8 finishes at the USA Championships since college, including a 4th-place finish in 2014 with a  jump of 5.60m (18'4"). In 2015, Coover has posted 7 of his all-time personal best jumps, including a third place finish at the USA Indoor Championships. His favorite food is avocado, and he enjoys fine fashion, deep conversation, and hammin' it up for the crowd.

2015 Top Results:

  1. UNI Dome Open, 1st Place-  5.68 meters
  2. Jack Jennett Invitational, 1st Place- 5.65
  3. Reno Pole Vault Summit, 1st Place- 5.55

 


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Jordan Scott      Watkinsville, Georgia     18' 9" (5.72)

Jordan Scott lives and trains in Lawrence, KS with his college coach, Tom Hays, although he’s originally from Watkins, Georgia.  Jordan attended the University of Kansas, winning seven Big XII titles and one NCAA Championship (2010) before graduating in 2011.  Easily recognized by his colorful hair, he’s the 2013 USA Indoor Champion, and he holds a PR of 5.72 meters (18’9”), set in 2012.

2015 Top Results:

  1. Reno Pole Vault Summit, 2nd Place- 5.55 meters
  2. UT Challenge, 1st Place- 5.51
  3. Pole Vault Convention Invitational, 3rd Place- 5.50

Darren Niedermeyer     Jonesboro, AR   18' 9" (5.72)

Darren grew up in Schaumburg, Ill and learned to vault at Conant High School. He competed for the University of Wyoming and transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he won the Big Ten Pole Vault title in 2004 and 2005. As a post-collegian he has competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials. He has been ranked as high as 7th in the world and won bronze at the 2007, 2009, and 2010 USA Championship. Darren is coached by Earl Bell at Bell Athletics as he trains for his bid to make the 2016 Olympic Team. Interesting Fact: He ranks among the tallest pole vaulters ever and has run the 40 yard dash in 4.56.


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Scott Houston, Greensboro, NC     18" 5.5" (5.62)

The former University of North Carolina Tarheel is having a banner year. In the first half of the year, he has set 8 of his all-time best marks, including a runner-up finish at the Vault in the Ville in June where he jumped a personal best of 5.62 meters. 

2015 Top Results:

  1. Vault in the Ville, 2nd place- 5.62 meters
  2. Indiana Relays, 1st place- 5.51
  3. Louisville Twilight Classic, 2nd place- 5.47

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Zach Siegmeier, Minneapolis     18" 1" (5.51)

While attending Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Zach Siegmeier placed second in the pole vault at the IHSA State Track and Field meet.  After attending Cuesta Junior College, he transferred to the University of Minnesota in 2011 and competed as a Gopher in 2012.  In 2013, Zach won the outdoor Big Ten Championships, and he went on to place 5th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2014.  He set a PR of 5.51 meters (18’1”) at the Musco Invitational in May of this year.

2015 Top Results:

  1. NAU Tune-Up, 2nd place- 5.50 meters
  2. Olympic Training Center-CV Elite, 4th place- 5.50
  3. New Mexico Collegiate Classic, 5th place- 5.46


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Jack Whitt     Norman, OK     18' 9" (5.72)

A rising star in the pole vault, Whitt didn't waste any time making his first international team, qualifying for the 2013 IAAF World Championship team at the age of 23. He was also the NCAA Division 1 National Champion in 2012 in his senior campaign while attending Oral Roberts University. Since leaving Oral Roberts, he has become one of the most consistent high performers in the pole vault on the national scene, with 8 jumps above 5.65 meters. Whitt competes for Nike. 

2015 Top Results:

  1. Herm Wilson Invitational, 1st place- 5.67 meters
  2. Wichita River Vault, 1st place- 5.66
  3. TrackTown Classic, 2nd place- 5.65

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Chip Heuser     Louisville     18' 0.5" (5.50)

Chip Heuser was the 2003 Kentucky High School Athlete of the year, and still holds the Kentucky high school indoor and outdoor records. After high school, he started at University of Florida before transferring to the Oklahoma Sooners where he was a 5-time NCAA All American (indoor & outdoor). 

He is the founder of the Vault in the Ville - a street vault in Louisville Kentucky. 


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Peter Geraghty     Chicago     18' 3" (5.56)

Peter Geraghty hails from Oak Park, Illinois where he competed for Oak Park-River Forest High School. He later went on to compete at North Central College, and was a two-time NCAA Division III outdoor champion in pole vault before transferring to Eastern Illinois. At EIU, he became a First Team All-American in both indoor and outdoor pole vault. He is also the EIU school record holder with a height of 17' 8.50".


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Sean Young     Tampa, FL     18' 0.5" (5.50)

Sean Young graduated from the University of South Florida in 2010.  He was named the USF Track & Field Athlete in 2008 and has returned to his alma mater as a volunteer coach, where he has coached the last 3 years. You can find his Sky Pole Vaulter Gear and training videos on his personal site

2015 Top Results:

  1. Clermont NTC Pure Athletics Sprint Elite Meet, 1st place - 5.35 meters
  2. Knoxville Pole Vault Meeting, 2nd - 5.35 
  3. Orlando UCF Twilight, 1st - 5.31

 


Women's Competition


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Kayla Caldwell          Jonesboro, Arkansas          14' 7" (4.45)

2014 PUB VAULT CHAMPION

Kayla grew up a gymnast and has been competing in the pole vault for 9 years. She was a 12-time All-Ohioan and 3-time state champion in the pole vault. At Hillsdale College she achieved All-American honors 7 times and left with the Division II collegiate pole vault record. 

Kayla Caldwell is the reigning Brit's Pub Vault Champion. Since winning the Pub Vault last year, Kayla set a new best of 4.45 meters in the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston this March, where she placed 4th.  In her first year competing professionally in 2014, she qualified for both indoor and outdoor USA National Championships and won her first international competition in South Korea at the Busan International Pole Vault Championship. Kayla currently lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas and trains with Bell Athletics

 

2015 Top Results:

  1. USATF Indoor Championships, 4th place- 4.45 meters
  2. Vault in the Ville, 2nd place- 4.35
  3. Hoosier Hills Invitational, 1st place- 4.31

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Leslie Brost     Minneapolis      14' 9.5" (4.51)   

Leslie Brost is from Watertown, South Dakota. Though she originally took on gymnastics, she got her start in pole vault in high school, and was able to earn a spot on the North Dakota State team after grabbing the South Dakota state record. At NDSU she placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, becoming a First Team All-American at a height of 14’ 3.25”. She has competed at three USATF National Championships, and tied for ninth at the 2012 Olympic Trials. In 2015, Leslie has vaulted 9 of her all-time top 10 marks, including a sixth place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships (5.50) and USATF Indoor Championships (4.40).

2015 Top Results:

  1. Mexico - 4.51 meters
  2. Vault in the Ville, 2nd place- 4.50 
  3. USATF Outdoor Champs, 6th place- 4.50


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Melissa Gergel Knoxville, TN   14' 10" (4.53)

Born in Hazel Crest, IL, Melissa attended Marian Catholic High School. Following a successful prep campaign in Illinois, Melissa brought her talents to the University of Oregon.

While competing for the Ducks, Melissa was a 7-time All-American, a Pac-10 and NCAA Champion, and set the school record in the pole vault. Melissa trains in Knoxville, TN with her sights set on the 2016 Olympic Team.

Off the track, Melissa has dubbed herself a total nerd, enjoying baking and diving into novels and scientific journals. A former level 10 gymnast, the thrill of competition is ever-present. Whether vaulting at a track meet or playing a board game with friends, she loves the adrenaline and excitement of competing. Being a native of the greater Chicago area, she roots heavily for all of her hometown sports teams. Melissa balances her time with part-time employment at the Running Warehouse. Find her Athlete Biz profile, HERE

2015 Top Results:

  1. Rod McCravy Memorial, 2nd place- 4.53 meters
  2. Reno Pole Vault Summit, 4th place- 4.50
  3. Boston New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, 2nd place- 4.50


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Becky Holliday     Jonesboro, Arkansas     15' 1.75" (4.62)

Becky Holliday is from Penryn, California and competed for the University of Oregon in college. During her time at Oregon, she was an NCAA Outdoor Champion at 14’ 5.5”. Holliday went on to become a two-time USA Outdoor bronze medalist, and a two-time USA Outdoor runner-up. In 2012, she placed second at the Olympic Trials, earning a spot on the London Olympic team. Becky currently lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas and trains with Bell Athletics.


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Sam Sonnenberg     Minneapolis     14' 5" (4.40)

Sam Sonnenberg is from Waukesha, Wisconsin and competed for Waukesha South High School. She went on to compete for the University of Minnesota and became the Big 10 Champion, and an All-American in the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials with a height of 14” 5.25”.


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Kelsie Ahbe     Bloomington, IN     14' 8" (4.47)

Kelsie recently represented Canada in the Pan American Games, placing 5th. The former Indiana University athlete is coached by 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Tim Mack in Knoxville, TN. While at Indiana, she was the Big-Ten Champion and Big Ten Record Holder, a 2-time NCAA All-American (2014 Runner-Up). 

2015 Top Results:

  1. Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite, 1st place- 4.47 meters
  2. Vault in the Ville, 4th place- 4.45
  3. New York Adidas Grand Prix, 4th place- 4.44

 

 


Vera Schmitz     Bloomington, Ind     14' 7"  (4.45)

Vera Schmitz hails from Missouri, where she was the 3-time high school state champion. After a standout high school campaign, she moved on to compete at the Indiana University where she was the 2-time Big 10 Champion, Big Ten Sportsman of the Year, and 3-time NCAA All-American. Find more about Vera and recent training and competition bios on her GoFundMe page.