Why haven’t I ever pole vaulted until now?

Two weekends ago, I competed at the National Masters Heptathlon Championships in Kenosha, WI. It was my first Indoor Heptathlon ever and I was excited because the Indoor Hep replaces the javelin throw, which is impossible to do indoors, with the pole vault. I have never pole vaulted and I was very excited and scared out of my mind to try this.

The women that I competed with were amazing and one competitor helped me learn how to pole vault. I was able to come in at a really low height and basically get a lot of practice as the heights increased little by little. I ultimately cleared 6 feet and some change before I decided to bow out before getting to a height that I would miss. Here are a few of my thoughts about this awesome event.

1. WHY DID THEY NOT HAVE THIS EVENT WHEN I WAS IN HS?????

2. There is no room for fear when pole vaulting

3. Pole vaulters are without a doubt the kindest and most supportive people in track and field

4. When you get a bend in the pole, you feel like you just won the lottery

5. It will make you more sore than ANY other event. Holy arm pain!

Anyways, after pole vaulting for the first time, all I want to do is get back out there and pole vault again.

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