February 8, 2016

3rd Annual Street Vault set for Aug 11

Some of the area’s best pole vaulters will assemble Aug. 11 in the north end of the Gardner Elementary parking lot for the 3rd Annual Street vault.
Event organizer Thane Nonamaker said nearly 60 vaulters aged fourth grade to 40 will participate in the exhibition. Competition will run from 1 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. A special showcase for vaulters clearing 14-0’ will run from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 pm.
Feature entries include former Gardner Edgerton High School standouts Casey Bowen , Kyle Wait and Ryan Weisenburger and high schoolers Emily Brigham of Mill Valley and Natalie Mitchell of GEHS.
No admission is required and bleacher seating will be available.


  1. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Gardner Edgerton schools are recognized as having some of the finest pole vaulters in the State of Kansas. Mr. Nonamaker, math teacher at GEHS, has coached the school’s pole vaulters for nine years.

    This event will take place just east of the Fairgrounds 4-H Building, after the Johnson County Fair Parade. It should be fun watching our local athletes in action.

    Here are the current outdoor pole vault records:

    U.S. 7th Grade – 11’-11.75’’ Samantha Shepard, Weston, MA, 1997
    U.S. 8th Grade – 12’-1.50’’ Samantha Shepard, Weston, MA, 1998
    U.S. High School Freshman – 12’-9’’ Shade Weygandt, Mansfield, TX, 2006
    U.S. High School Sophomore – 13’-7’’ Shade Weygandt, Mansfield, TX, 2007
    U.S. High School Junior – 13’-9’’ Katie Veith, Forth Wayne, IN, 2006
    U.S. High School Senior – 14-2.75’’ Morgann LeLeux, New Iberia, LA, Lafayette, LA 4/27/2011
    NCAA College – 15’-1.5’’ Tina Šutej’ (Univ of Arkansas), Athens, GA, 5/14/2011
    American Record – 16’-1.75’’ Jenn Suhr (Adidas), Eugene, OR, 7/06/08
    World – 16’-7.25’’ Yelena Isinbaeva (Russia), Zürich, Switzerland, 8/28/2009

    8-yr old – 8′-6” Armond “Mondo” Duplantis, Louisiana, 6/07/2008
    U.S. 7th Grade – 14’-6’’ Tommy Skipper, Sandy, OR, 1998
    U.S. 8th Grade – 15’-6’’ Tommy Skipper, Sandy, OR, 1999
    U.S. High School Freshman – 16’-3.25’’ Jayson Lavender, Wichita Falls, TX, 1987
    U.S. High School Sophomore – 17’-6’’ Jacob Davis, Orangefield, TX, 1994
    U.S. High School Junior – 17’-7.50’’ Tommy Skipper, Sandy, OR, 2002
    U.S. High School Senior – 18′-3’’ Tommy Skipper (Sandy, OR), Sacramento, CA, 6/15/2003
    NCAA College – 19′-7.5” Lawrence Johnson, Univ. of Tenn., Knoxville, TN, 5/25/1996
    American Record – 19’-9.75’’ Brad Walker (Nike), Eugene, OR, 6/08/2008
    World – 20′-1.75” Sergey Bubka (age 34, Ukraine), Sestriere, Italy, 7/31/1994

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