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  • Cooter Brown
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    Beat defending champ Brad Walker by a healthy 20cm on top of it.

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  • Cooter Brown
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    Actually it was 5.71.

    polevaultpower.com, but the results are at:

    http://www.broncosports.com/uploadedfil ... esults.pdf

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  • Cooter Brown
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    Skipper jumped 5.70 today and went for 5.83.

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  • polevaultpower
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    I agree that Skipper is not likely to burn out anytime soon. Remember, he barely got to vault last year. He spent most of that fall working on his speed. He broke his thumb in what I believe was only his first or second meet of the year. He didn't get to start jumping until regionals that spring. The only meets I can think of that he jumped in outdoors were Regionals, State, WA-OR Meet of Champions, Golden West, and Clovis. There might have been one or two others, but my point is that he definitely did not overjump last year.

    I don't think he'll break any records this year. Whether or not he will in college I don't know. I think he has the potential, but it all comes down to staying healthy, taking care of himself, and some good luck.

    I am surprised Brad Walker's name has not been thrown in the mix of people who could threaten records. True, he only has this indoor season left to go after the NCAA record, but I definitely think he has the potential to go after the American Record in the next several years.

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  • decafan
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    Well put, EPelle.

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  • EPelle
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    I was a volunteer at the 2002 USATF finals, and escorted one of the top-3 pole vaulters to their drug screen. Skipper stayed around long after the senior vault was finished and asked my athlete if there was anything he had seen in Skippers performance on which Skipper could improve. Skipper was hungry for help, willing to get feedback, and seemed committed to working those changes into his vaulting.

    I think we are looking at a young man who is driven by two things: simply improving his efforts to maximize his chances of being the best he can be (whether that means topping out at 5.75, 5.80, 5.85 or 6.00 ... who knows), and by the death of his brother, Art Skipper, a high school javelin record-holder (1988).

    He has passion. He has good coaching. He has desire. He - like all of our USA athletes - needs our support and positive critique.

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  • Brian
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    >Brian, you probably are right about weight, etc. for incoming freshman
    >athletes, but the conventional wisdom for incoming female non-athlete females
    >is just the opposite.... they speak of the " freshman 10" meaning that these
    >gals get away from home and start to live on burritos, cheeseburgers, etc. !

    No arguement. I thought I gave that a nod:
    >>Lots of **guys** lean out the first year of college.

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  • Cooter Brown
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    >>>Didn't Jacob Davis basically just walk away from the sport in the middle of his collegiate career? Perhaps that high-powerd high school
    >program they came out of in Orangefield is just a little to intense?

    Jacob was really burned out. In Orangefield, they vaulted 40-60 times per day, 5 days a week.
    In college he had a bulging disk in his back and never vaulted in practice after his frosh year at UT. He also had a hip problem. Don't remember exactly what the problem was.

    UT had to go to his house and beg him to go to nationals his senior year. He went to Durham, pulled a pole out of the bag to warm up, stood there for 10 minutes contemplating it, put the pole down on the ground, and walked away from the event forever.

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  • hjsteve1.97
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    Brian, you probably are right about weight, etc. for incoming freshman athletes, but the conventional wisdom for incoming female non-athlete females is just the opposite.... they speak of the " freshman 10" meaning that these gals get away from home and start to live on burritos, cheeseburgers, etc. !

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  • Brian
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    >Skipper's biggest asset right now is his strength and speed but he's already
    >over 200 lbs. Unless he's completely physically mature already, that could
    >become a problem in the next few years.

    The nice part about this that he's a freshman. Lots of guys lean out the first year of college. Not sure just why--maybe more in-sport activity (starting organized practice in the Fall, etc.), or perhaps just a few less cheesburgers with the gang on weeknights.
    I dropped 8 pounds of "babyfat" and knew others who got rid of even more, all without painful dieting and all freshman year.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see Skipper at 180-185 outdoors, if he's not there already.

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    >>Eshbach is definitely capable of more. He cleared a
    >5.65 bungee easily in warmups at the Big 12s last year then NH'd. From what I
    >understand, he's ready to be done with vaulting though and pretty much quit
    >training after his freshman year.>>

    Didn't Jacob Davis basically just walk away from the sport in the middle of his collegiate career? Perhaps that high-powerd high school program they came out of in Orangefield is just a little to intense?

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  • KLocke
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    Gripping is one thing, Ripping is another. Ultimately is comes down to maxmizing energy to ride a 19-4 jump. 5.90 is a big jump



    He already grips as high as most
    >5.90 vaulters, now if he can learn even a bit of technique, he should jump 5.80
    >without much trouble.

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  • Cooter Brown
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    Skipper's biggest asset right now is his strength and speed but he's already over 200 lbs. Unless he's completely physically mature already, that could become a problem in the next few years.

    He already grips as high as most 5.90 vaulters, now if he can learn even a bit of technique, he should jump 5.80 without much trouble.

    Eshbach is definitely capable of more. He cleared a 5.65 bungee easily in warmups at the Big 12s last year then NH'd. From what I understand, he's ready to be done with vaulting though and pretty much quit training after his freshman year.

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  • Cooter Brown
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    Jeremy is at the University of Arkansas. He has 1 outdoor season of eligibilty left.

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  • Bob Bettwy
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    What happened to Jeremy Scott last year? I have not heard a thing about him since World Indoors. I share your opinion on him - he could be "the future".

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