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Female pole vaulting article

Postby trackstar » Fri Apr 18, 2003 7:06 pm

The Austin American-Statesman ran a nice article today about a pole vaulting camp here in Central Texas; it focuses on Britni Lawrence, who I watched break Texas' HS girls record. Read the part about her technique -- it is really odd.

http://www.statesman.com/sports/content ... rts_1.html
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Re: Female pole vaulting article

Postby oldvaulter » Fri Apr 18, 2003 10:42 pm

Indeed, the "pole push" is really weird. But maybe they're on to something. Just thinking about it, it would seem a little hard to control the pole with one hand while it was scraping along the runway in front of you (I guess that's how it's done). Especially if you were running very fast. I'd like to see this!
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Re: Female pole vaulting article

Postby trackstar » Sat Apr 19, 2003 6:53 am

> I'd like to see this!

Go to http://texastrack.com/03t_texas_relays_photos.htm and you can. It's the very first photo.
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Re: Female pole vaulting article

Postby Guest » Sat Apr 19, 2003 6:58 am

As a coach and AD, I can't help but think what this technique means to the practice and meet facilities. Would repaving the runway yearly become necessary if the technique catches on?
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Re: Female pole vaulting article

Postby gh » Sat Apr 19, 2003 7:21 am

I first saw Tye Harvey do this at the Millrose Games in '01; he said he has done it on and off for years. Definitely makes for a much smoother runup, although learning to get the pole in position when you go back to both hands at full speed obviously has a bit of a learning curve.

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Re: Female pole vaulting article

Postby tafnut » Sat Apr 19, 2003 8:23 am

The article has moved to http://www.statesman.com/default/conten ... rts_1.html

As a vault coach, I can't see myself advocating the pole push. Some boxes have little lips and there's a disaster waiting to happen. High school runways are just not that perfectly level either. Also, I get the free arm pumping thing, but now the other arm is awkwardly held and all your focus is on keeping the buttplug centered, isn't it? I would love to read an article by the coach that teaches this.
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