Coach: Ms. Evelyn Hammonds
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!!!!
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!!!
May 16th, 2014 12:32 am by Jeff Birchfield
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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May 1st, 2014 8:40 pm by Pat Kenney
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!!!!!
Pictures from Invitational added to above Photo Gallery!
Winners pictured with Dr. Alan Cox, Pole Vault coach
Track Roster 2014