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    The Austin American-Statesman ran a nice article today about a pole vaulting camp here in Central Texas; it focuses on Britni Lawrence, who I watched break Texas' HS girls record. Read the part about her technique -- it is really odd.

    http://www.statesman.com/sports/content ... rts_1.html
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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    > I'd like to see this!

    Go to http://texastrack.com/03t_texas_relays_photos.htm and you can. It's the very first photo.
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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      Re: Female pole vaulting article

      As a coach and AD, I can't help but think what this technique means to the practice and meet facilities. Would repaving the runway yearly become necessary if the technique catches on?

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        I first saw Tye Harvey do this at the Millrose Games in '01; he said he has done it on and off for years. Definitely makes for a much smoother runup, although learning to get the pole in position when you go back to both hands at full speed obviously has a bit of a learning curve.

        gh

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        • #5
          Re: Female pole vaulting article

          The article has moved to http://www.statesman.com/default/conten ... rts_1.html

          As a vault coach, I can't see myself advocating the pole push. Some boxes have little lips and there's a disaster waiting to happen. High school runways are just not that perfectly level either. Also, I get the free arm pumping thing, but now the other arm is awkwardly held and all your focus is on keeping the buttplug centered, isn't it? I would love to read an article by the coach that teaches this.

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