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2016 Washington State Senior Games

2016 was a good year.  I set the record for the 65-69 age group at 10’6″ in the Washington State Games, up about a foot and a half from the previous record.  I could still make 11′ occasionally, but 10’6′ is respectable.  As you may know, I started high jumping as a way of relieving the tedium of waiting for my dad, Chuck, to participate in his myriad of events.  This has been good in many ways, as we now compete in both the pole vault and high jump in state and national competition.  My dad is competitive at nationals in both events, while I am in the running in most pole vault competitions.  A note on some older vaults: in 2014 I jumped 11’9″ at the Washington State Senior Games, which is my best post high school.  In competition in high school I jumped 12’00 and in practice I had cleared 12’3″ in high school, so I was pretty impressed at making 11’9″.  In 2015 I jumped 11′ at the Washington State Senior Games, which I believe is the last time I’ve jumped 11′ at a major event.  I still think I could reach that again with some improvements in form.  It’s the old aging curve versus improved form curve.

In 2016 Washington State Senior Games Chuck and I performed as follows:

  • Phil Pole Vault: 10’6″ — setting the record for the 65-69 age group
  • Phil High Jump: 4’7″
  • Chuck Pole Vault: 6′ — pretty good for a geezer!
  • Chuck High Jump: 3’5″

Chuck clearing 6′

Phil clearing an early height