Isaac Hopkins, an eighth grader at Trailridge middle school, cleared a personal best 8 feet at the Gardner summer vault Aug 6. Submitted photo


A field of 63 vaulters from across the metro area participated in the 8th annual street pole vault Aug. 6 in the Gardner Elementary North parking lot.
The event began at noon with four Gardner youth attempting to clear a bungee jump at various heights. Participants included Colby Bowen, Brayden Sherwood (4th grader at Madison Elementary); Makenna Bartels (sixth grader at WMS), and Parker Walion sixth grader at Trailridge Middle School.
Group one consisted of 25 vaulters with personal best of 9’6”.
Gardner participants and heights included Brayden Sherwood (4th grader at Madison Elementary cleared a personal record of 5’6”. Conner Gunderson (sixth grader at TRMS) cleared 7’. Cayden Elder (eighth grader at PRMS) cleared a personal record of 7’; Anna Tropansky (9th grader at GEHS) cleared 7’; Owen Massaro (eighth grader at TRMS) cleared 7’6”, Storm Frazier (eighth grader at PRMS) cleared 8’, Logan Faulkner (eighth grader at PRMS) cleared a personal record of 8’, Isaac Hopkins (eighth grader at TRMS) cleared a personal record of 8’, Quenton Walion (eighth grader at TRMS) had a personal record 8’6”, Luke Faulkner (eighth grader at TRMS) cleared a personal record of 9.’.
The winner of group one was Jon Banker of Columbia, Mo, with a clearance of 9’6.”
Twenty seven vaulters were involved in group two. Vaulters in this group had personal records of 9’6” to 13’6”. Gardner vaulters included Karli Smith (GEHS grad of 2016) cleared 9’6” while Tom Fabing (GEHS Junior) cleared 11’ and Colton Goodman (sophomore at GEHS cleared a personal record of 12’6”.
The winner of group two was Scott Pierce from Manhattan with a clearance of 14’6”.
The final group consisted of elite man vaulters who had personal records of a minimum 14.
The only gardner participant was Kyle Stubler, a 2015 GEHS grad, who cleared 13’. Tyler Knight, a senior at Wichita State, cleared 16’, and Cole Phillips, senior at Central Missouri University, took second at 15’.
“This was a very successful event hosted by the GEHS track team with many positive comments from participants and spectators,” said event organizer Thane Nonamaker. Plans are under way for next years event and as usual will follow the Johnson County Fair Parade.”