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Congratulations to Polevault Winners, Salter Blowers, 1st place, and Reed Bush-Mackie, 2nd place, in the 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games!!!  Way to go, Bucs!!!!

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Congratulations to Jarod Smith and Salter Blowers!  Jarod placed 3rd and Salter placed 6th, in the Men's Pole
Vault, in the TSSAA State Track and Field Championships May 21, 2014 - May 23, 2014 @ Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN!  Proud of our Flying Bucs!!!

 

 

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UH's Smith  vaults into Spring Fling

May 16th, 2014 12:32 am by Jeff  Birchfield

picture University High's Jarod Smith prepares for takeoff  on his way to winning the Class A/AA' pole vault competition on Thursday at  CAK.

KNOXVILLE -- University High's Jarod Smith soared above the competition at  Thursday's Class A/AA sectional meet, while Elizabethton's Katie May used the  occasion to qualify for two events at next week's state championships.

Following  in the footsteps of two-time state champion Devon Wade, Smith cleared 12-feet to  win the boys' pole vault at Christian Academy of Knoxville. His Junior Bucs  teammate, Salter Blowers, was second at 11 feet and six inches.

Smith  wasn't the only local champion as May won the girls' triple jump with a distance  of 34 feet and 6 3/4 inches. Smith's 12-feet didn't come close to his qualifying  mark, which was a foot higher, but that was secondary to two UH vaulters  qualifying for state.

"The  pole vault is something I really like to do and it's more fun having my teammate  take second place," Smith said. "I would have liked to have vaulted higher, but  the weather was hard. It's as much a mental thing as it is a physical thing. In  pole vaulting, you have to be headstrong."

While  Smith didn't match his personal best, Blowers clearing 11-6 was over four feet  higher than where he started the season.

"I  was not expecting that," Blowers said. "I did terrible at the beginning of the  year. I no-heighted twice and was afraid I wouldn't even qualify for sectionals.  Then I started listening to my coach and it was a huge deal for me. I started  jumping double-digit numbers consistently and now I'm going to Murfreesboro.  That's awesome, amazing to me. The first time I vaulted it was like seven-feet  and now I'm 11-6. That's amazing."

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Hirst,  Smith kick off Times-News Relays with pole vault wins

May 1st, 2014 8:40 pm by Pat Kenney

picture Times-News photo by Ned Jilton II

JOHNSON CITY — The 36th Times-News Relays started off with a bang  Thursday.

Science Hill's Savannah Hirst shattered the meet record in the girls pole  vault when she cleared the bar with a leap of 10-6. The previous record was 9-6  set last year by Dobyns-Bennett's Jamie Almeria.

The Lady Hilltoppers' Hannah Bowman finished second (10-0) while Almeria and  Daniel Boone's Abby Howe were tied for third  at 9-0.

In the boys competition, top seeded Jarod Smith of University School of  Johnson City lapped the field with a vault of 13-0. Science Hill's Jake  Laughlin was second (11-6) while the Hilltoppers' Ivan Whitman finished third  (11-0).

Hirst came into the event with the top qualifying vault of 10-6. She started  her competition at 9-0 and cleared four straight heights before failing on her  three attempts at 11-0.

"I was comfortable clearing 10-6," said Hirst, a junior. "To go higher you  have to be adventurous, be patient and have a good attitude.

"I come out each day with the attitude to do my best and just see what  happens. I think with a little more practice I can go higher."

Bowman, who is a freshman and a diver on the Lady Hilltoppers swim team, is  in her first year of vaulting. She had a personal best in the competition by a  foot.

"My teammates were encouraging me and that helped a lot today," said Bowman.  "Maybe being a diver allows me to be more comfortable when I'm inverted and that  allows me to go higher."

Smith had qualified with a vault of 13-6 so he was not a stranger to going  high. But it was not in the cards on Thursday for him to get a shot at the meet  record of 14-0 set by D-B's Brandon Lawson in 2007.

"I would liked to have gone higher but I liked the way I vaulted today," said  Smith. "As you try to go higher it's the little things that make a difference.  Right now I need to polish my form and clean up a couple of things.

"You also have to be totally committed and focused to make it as the bar gets  higher."

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Congratulations to our Track Team on a great showing for the Frank Carver Invitational meet .  Jarrod Smith won 1st place in Pole Vault, with Salter Blowers taking 2nd place!!!!!  Proud of our Running, Climbing, Leaping Bucs!!!!!

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Winners pictured with Dr. Alan Cox, Pole Vault coach

 

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