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Alki Beach Swashbuckler Pole Vault Chuck and Phil

Chuck and I vaulted at the 2012 Alki Beach Swashbuckler Pole Vault event on Saturday the 7th.  We were both part of the masters group that vaulted at 10:00 AM.  Chuck has only practiced about three times this spring, so I was curious to see how he would do.  He looked very good for the amount of practice he has had!

 

Chuck approaching pit

Chuck clearing 6’1″

I have been working on upper body strength this year, but didn’t expect much because I had only cleared 10’0″ at the Northwest Senior Games a couple of weeks ago.  For whatever reason, I had a couple of vaults with much better form on getting to vertical.  Of course, I couldn’t keep my arm straight on take-off and my right knee dropped, but I knew that I had taken a step forward this year.  I’ve been trying to use my shoulders to drive the pole down and on a few jumps at Alki I seem to have done fairly well.  Still lots to do!  However, I was able to vault 11’1″ at Alki.  This means I was able to achieve 11′ at least for two years now.

Moving the pole to the box — could have been earlier

Note hand to ankle — better than before. Also note back parallel to ground

Phil inverted – close to pole

 

Phil clearing a height at Alki Beach

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