THINGS LOOKING UP FOR JEROME MEET: POLE VAULTING ADDED TO PROGRAM
RICHMOND—Pole vaulting will make its debut at the fifth annual Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor track and field meet Saturday, February 7, at Richmond Olympic Oval.
The meet, produced by Achilles International track and field Society, is expected to draw close to 500 competitors in divisions from age-class, Master and Open. Entry deadline is January 30.
“At last we are closer to having a complete indoor track and field facility at the Richmond Olympic Oval, thanks to the pole vault,” said Achilles chair Doug Clement. “Due to the efforts of Laurier Primeau, head coach of the Trinity Western University Spartans, an above ground pole vault runway, formally used at the University of Washington, will be located on the infield of the 200 metre Pulastic running track at the Oval.”
The pole vault will definitely be one of the highlights of the meet. It has already drawn a former Canadian champion, a National youth champion and two American State champions.
The former Canadian champion is Heather Hamilton of Toronto, who is training as a member of the satellite World Athletic Centre. The Centre, located in Phoenix, caters to some of the world’s top track and field athletes. An extension of that facility is located at the Fortius Health and Sport Centre in Burnaby.
Hamilton is the 2013 national women’s pole vault champion and has a personal best jump of 4.40 metres (14’6”). The 26-year-old is looking to push that mark to 4.50, the world championship standard (being held this year in Beijing). She also looks to make the Canadian team that competes this summer at the Pan American Games in her hometown of Toronto. She will compete in two meets (Colorado and University of Washington) prior to the Jerome meet.
Bellingham’s Kirsten Webber is the all-time Washington State high school pole vault champion and record holder. Currently in grade 12, she has a personal best vault of 4.07 metres (13’4”). She is also known to compete at times in her bare feet.
Emma Li of Markham, Ontario, now a member of the TWU team, is the 2013 national youth champion with a personal best jump of 3.75 metres and leaped 3.45 metres at a meet in January.
On the men’s side, another Bellingham athlete, Nathan Dunford, a former 2A Washington State high school champion, and also now a member of the strong TWU team, will try to improve on his personal best 4.85 metres, accomplished last year at the University of Washington Open meet.
First events at the Jerome meet begin at 9:20 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Doug Clement, (604) 261-6220
Brian Pound (604) 438-9332