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Pole Vault Summit

January 16th - 17th, 2015

Encourage - Engage - Educate - Inspire

2015 National Pole Vault Summit
Be a part of the largest Pole Vault Event of the YEAR. The National Pole Vault Summit is your opportunity to refresh – restart and begin preparations for your 2015 track season! 
  • High School athletes will have a roundtable format with the best vaulters in the USA to gather tips on what it takes to raise your Personal Bests, and with learn by doing sessions from the top coaches, there is no better clinic to prepare yourself for the 2015 season and beyond.
  • NEW Classroom style discussion session for coaches
  • NEW Athlete question / answer for College / Open / Master's Athletes
  • Enjoy the exclusivity of immersing yourself with the pole vault community!
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This year only - Limited Edition - NIKE PV2

Exclusively available at the 2015 Pole Vault Summit

Pre-orders and reservations are not available

The Total Pole Vault Experience

The National Pole Vault Summit is a grassroots developmental clinic established and continued to promote safety and encourage the advancement of Pole Vaulting at all levels through constant education. The Summit structure is designed to meet the needs of all ability levels including athlete, coaches, and parent break-out sessions, learn-by-doing instruction and roundtable discussion with the world’s best athletes and coaches. Led by National and Regional Staff influenced by National Men’s and Women’s Pole Vault Developmental chairmen, each year we compile the most experienced and extensive staff to bring a truly unique experience for our attendees. We appreciate the massive amount of help to put on the best event in Track and Field. We look forward to seeing you in January!

A Special Thank you!

There is only ONE National Pole Vault Summit brought together with an army of Volunteers who dedicate their time, hard work and knowledge. This event is not possible without them. 

We sincerely appreciate all the support of everyone attending the Summit to advance your ability and owe the success of this event to all the volunteers who make it possible!


Free Course for Pole Vault Skills:
Created by Collaboration with the NFHS, NCAA, and USATF




Registration Type Early Bird Registration
Aug. 15 - Sep. 21, 2014
Normal Registration
Sep. 22 - Dec. 1, 2014 
Late Registration
Dec. 2 - Jan. 2, 2015
Athlete $  90.00 $  100.00 $ 135.00
Coach**  $  70.00 $  80.00 $ 115.00
Parent  $  40.00 $ 55.00 $  55.00
Spectator  $  30.00 $  35.00 $  35.00
**Please note there is an added $25.00 for Competing Coaches.  You can read a description of each Registration type at the Registration Form page when you sign in to your online account to register.  The above dates are based on Eastern Standard Time - Normal registration rates end at 11:59pm EST December 1st, 2014.  Also note that The National Pole Vault Summit is a non-refundable event. 
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Summary of 2013 Pole Vault Summit

As the dust settles (literally) at the conclusion of the 2013 UCS Spirit National Pole-Vault Summit in Reno Nevada, it’s a good time to celebrate the overwhelming success of this years event and reflect on the many factors that contributed to it.
It is important to recognize and thank the silent champions who make it all possible with their boundless energy and good natured enthusiasm. The Summit staff is indebted to the willingness and physical labor of our volunteer student athletes that work tirelessly to get the arena in shape for the 2-day event. They spend literally days and hours unloading trucks, laying down carpet, building runways, setting up standards, hauling in pits and otherwise preparing a superb competition facility to host the National Pole Vault Summit. They avail themselves to disassemble it all in a matter of hours at the Summit conclusion as well - working into the wee hours of the morning. Our deepest thanks and gratitude go to the volunteer teams from Chico State, Butte College, Right of Passage, UC Davis, Sac State, Mt. San Antonio College, Idaho State and the University of Kansas. A special thank you also to Mr. Bill Wenholtz and Carlos Hernadez for offering his direction and skill during the entire process, and bringing continuity and his expertise every year.

Our appreciation also to the National Pole Vault Summit Directors who volunteer their time, oversight and logistical resources again and again, Steve Chappell and Lane Maestretti of UCS Spirit, and Bob Fraley.

This year we were honored to host one of the most exciting and inspiring Pole Vault Summits in recent years. In addition to our own national champions and elite vaulters, we welcomed international competitors including SIX Olympic Champions, several IAAF World Champions, and nearly a dozen current National Record Holders from several continents.

With an international world class field for Friday’s Global Elite Competition, excitement and anticipation filled the air of the arena and 2012 Olympic Champion Renaud Lavillenie did not disappoint. He cleared 19’2” in the Men’s Global Elite Competition and had close attempts at 19’5”. It was an inspiring performance for all generations and levels of athletes from beginners to our own USA elite. He followed it with a marathon autograph signing session that was executed in good humor and extended generosity.

Also a highlight was 2012 Olympic Champion Jenn Suhr and her coach Rick Suhr. They offered perspective, expertise, training advice and support in an amazing question / answer format lecture session and seemed to be everywhere signing autographs, posing for pictures, passing out posters. On Saturday they patiently and graciously signed autographs, answered questions and displayed Jenn's 2008 Silver and 2012 Gold medals for the long line of fans. Her inspiration and willingness to engage with vaulters at all levels make her a true ambassador of the event. We were honored to welcome her.

The new coaches and athlete breakout sessions were a highly successful addition to this year’s event and were much appreciated by all of those who participated. The opportunity for small group discussions with the likes of Steve Hooker, Stacy Dragila, Tim Mack, Nick Hysong and Jenn and Rick Suhr among others was not only technically beneficial, but inspiring and enthusiastically received.

Focused on advancing a safe, responsible Pole Vault culture, the National Pole Vault Summit hosted over 1,000 athletes in 57 competitions and saw just that - a responsible vaulting community. The enthusiasm, eagerness to learn and appreciation throughout the weekend bring energy to the Summit and make the tremendous coordinated effort all worth it. It is because of the willingness to learn and excel, and an innate exuberance for the sport that the annual National Pole Vault Summit continues to grow and thrive. We are already looking forward to encourage - engage - educate - inspire next year.

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In recent years, The National Pole Vault Summit honored current superstars including Junior Champions, College Champions, World Champions, and Olympic Champions.

  • Renaud Lavillenie – 2012 Olympic Champion - World Champion - WORLD Record Holder 6.16m
  • Jenn Suhr – 2012 Olympic Champion - 2008 Olympic Silver - American Record Holder 4.92m
  • Steve Hooker– 2008 Olympic Champion-Former Olympic Record - 2x World Champion-Australian Record 6.06m
  • Tim Mack – 2004 Olympic Champion - Former Olympic record holder - 6.01m PR
  • Nick Hysong – 2000 Olympic Champion - Former Olympic record holder
  • Stacy Dragila – 2000 Olympic Champion - 3x World Champion - Former World and American Record Holder
  • Trey Hardee 2x World Champion - 2012 Olympic Silver - NCAA Champion - NCAA Decathlon Record Holder
  • Thiago Braz Da Sila –  World Junior Champion - World Youth Olympian
  • Steve Lewis – British Record Holder - 2012 Olympics 5th place - Multiple time World Championship finalist
  • Fabiana Murer – 2x World Champion - South American Record
  • BeckyHolliday – 2012 Olympian - Pan American Silver - NCAA Champion '03
  • Rens Blom – 2005 World Champion - Netherlands National Record Holder
  • Tori Pena – Irish Record Holder – World Championship Competitor – 2012 Olympian
  • Daichi Sawano – Japanese National Record Holder - Multiple time World Championship / Olympian 
  • Mary Saxer – 2012 World Team Member - Former National High School Record Holder
  • April Steiner-Bennett – 2008 Olympian - Pan American Silver - National Junior College Champion
  • Fabio Da Silva – South American Record Holder
  • Melissa Gergel – 2011 NCAA Champion
  • Maston Wallace – 2008 NCAA Champion
  • Jordan Scott – 2010 NCAA Champion
  • Jack Whitt – 2012 NCAA Champion
  • Mark Hollis – 2x NAIA Champion - 2x US Champion
  • Kylie Hutson – 4x NCAA Champion
  • Scott Roth – 2x NCAA Champion
  • Katerina Stefanidi – 2012 NCAA Champion - 2012 Olympian - 2014 World Rank # 3
  • Jeremy Scott – 2012 Olympian - NCAA Division 3 Champion
  • Shade Weygandt
  • Darren Niedermeyer
  • Brysun Stately
  • April Kubishta
  • Dustin Deleo
  • Katy Viuf
  • Angela Rummans
Special recognition to Athletes from all over the WORLD participating at the National Pole Vault Summit.
  • American Record Holder
  • Irish National Record Holder
  • Netherlands National Record Holder
  • Australian Record Holder
  • French Record Holder
  • British Record Holder
  • Japanese National Record Holder
  • South American Record Holder
  • Mexican Record Holder
  • Sri Lankin Record Holder
  • Venezuelan Record Holder

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees


Paul Wilson
– One of the best young pole vaulters of all time.. As a High School Paul was the first person 16 year old to vault 16’.. Later he became the World Leader vaulting an interscholastic National Record at 16’6 ¾”. At 19 years old he jumped a World Record of 17’ 8” and was ranked number 1 in the World.. Unfortunately he struggled with injury preventing him from a long career, but in his short time he was one of the best in the World and at a young age..

Rick Attig – So many athletes and so many achievements they are hard to count. Rick is renowned for being one of the premier pole vault coaches in the United States at both the High School and College Level. He is one of the most experienced coaches in the US, starting at the high school level – moving on to college and now back coaching high schoolers, Rick’s impact in the pole vault community is invaluable. HE coached “the best high school trio” “the best College trio” “best post-collegiate duo” (one vaulter at 19’2” and one at 19’7” at the same time. HE has coached countless high school state champions, NCAA All-Americans, NCAA Champions, NCAA record Holders, American Record Holder, the list goes on. He has written drill books, Pole Vault manuals and a number of additional learning materials…

Jeff Hartwig – Often noted for his 1” at a time philosophy – Jeff had a slow start with a high school Personal Best less than 15’. His career accelerated in college and beyond, vaulting into his early 40’s.. Jeff had one of the longest careers of vaulting 19’ or higher for more than 10 years. He jumped 5.80m - 19’ in more than 100 meets; 5.90m – 19’ 4 ½” in more than 30 meets; and 6.00m – 19’ 8 ¼” in 9 meets. To name a few of his accomplishments, Jeff is the IAAF World Indoor Championship Silver medalist in 1999, World Rank Number 1 in 2002, former American Record holder with an all-time personal best of 6.03m 19’ 9 ¼”. Jeff is also currently the National Pole Vault Summit Meet Record Holder at 5.91m, which at the time was an American Record.
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