Kayla Burcham prepares for a vault in competition at the annual Gardner street vault last week.Submitted photo

Kayla Burcham prepares for a vault in competition at the annual Gardner street vault last week. Submitted photo

A record 66 pole vaulters participated in the annual Gardner Street Vault at Gardner Elementary Aug. 1.
An additional five youngsters participated in a free bungee jump prior to the start of competition. Conner Gunderson, Makenna Bartels, Rylee Sherwood and Brayden Sherwood, all of Gardner, and Macy Teeple, Overland Park, participated in the bungee jump.
The vaulting competition kicked off at 1 p.m. In the first group, vaulters with personal records of 9 feet, 6 inches and lower competed.
After 18 vaulters, Elayna King, Shawnee and a William Jewell grad, emerged the winner with a vault of 10 feet. Kelly Vogel, a Shawnee Mission West High School grad and Johnson County Community College freshman, took second clearing 10 feet.
Anna Tropansky, Trail Ridge Middle School eighth grader, cleared 6 feet, 6 inches, while Becca Mitchell, Gardner Edgerton High School freshman, cleared 8 feet. Morgan McIntire, Pioneer Ridge Middle School eighth grader, cleared 7 feet, 6 inches.
The second group of competitors consisted of 30 vaulters with personal records ranging from 9 feet, 6 inches to 13 feet, 6 inches.
Xander Richardson, Marshall, Mo., took the title with a 15-feet vault. A Garden City High School sophomore, Ruben Huerta, came in second clearing 14 feet.
Brittany Kallenberger had the best clearance of the female competitors with a clearance of 13 feet. She attends Central Missouri University and was the 2015 Division II outdoor pole vault champion.
Gardner competitors included Kayla Burcham, GEHS junior, who vaulted 9 feet; Karli Smith, GEHS senior, who cleared 10 feet; Tom Fabing, GEHS sophomore, who cleared 11 feet; and Davis Tropansky, GEHS senior.
A final group of elite men vaulters concluded the event.
Casey Bowen, GEHS school record holder and two-time Big 12 pole vault champion, took the title with a 17-feet vault. Bowen will be a senior at the University of Kansas this fall.
Another GEHS standout finished in second place. Kyle Wait cleared 16 feet, 6 inches at the Gardner Street Vault. Wait is a three-time Big 12 pole vault champion and a graduate student at Kansas State University.
Kyle Stubler, 2015 GEHS grad, cleared 14 feet, 6 inches. The best high school performance came from Chris Nilsen, a senior at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. Currently ranked number one in his age group, Nilsen cleared 16 feet, 6 inches at the Gardner Street Vault competition.