gyrgyr wrote: I want to continue vaulting but I don't know whether it's a better idea to tryout again next year, transfer to a school with a more appropriate track program for me, or just give up on vaulting all together.
You're a better scholar than an athlete, but that doesn't mean that you can't have your cake and eat it too.
While it must be disappointing to at first think you'll make the team, only to be told later that you're not vaulting high enough yet, you're still not out of options. Let's break this down ...
a) try out again next year,
b) transfer to a school with a more appropriate track program for me, or
c) just give up on vaulting all together.
As VaultMD and GreenSilver both said, (a) is your best option. But start NOW to join a PV club and improve your PR. It's a BIT late to hit the weights this year, but you can do a BIT of that. You need to find the right balance between weights, sprinting, gymnastics, and vaulting technique. Find a good club coach that can help you with this. If you can't afford to pay club fees, then lean on your parents, or get a part-time job (being careful not to work so much that your studies suffer). Maybe you can only afford one practice session per week - so be it.
Option (b) implies that you're putting athletics ahead of academics. In your situation, this is not a good option. Keep your academic goals as your most important priority, and reprioritize PV as your second priority. Even if you made the team this year, you wouldn't have won many meets anyway, so put that in perspective, and treat PV more like a recreational activity and less like the most important thing in your life - it shouldn't be (your education should come first). Be grateful that you had the brainpower and worked hard to earn your academic scholarship, and take pride in that! Most freshmen would give their right arm to be in your position! You earned it, so cherish it, and use it! Actually, this will pay off for you over your lifetime much more than any participation on a college sports team.
Option (c) is probably your worst option, as it robs you of a sport that you obviously like a LOT - even though you haven't excelled at it yet. DON'T GIVE UP. Just reset your expectations.
Who knows, maybe it will take 2 more full years of club training before you raise your PR high enough to make the team, but WOULDN'T THAT BE A THRILL to have persevered, and to SUCCEED? You may find that the JOURNEY is where the real enjoyment of vaulting is, and you don't even have to win any meets to feel good about yourself. Training is fun too, even if you don't compete. When all is said and done, you're competing against yourself, and an annual improvement in your PR is your payback! THAT'S the true victory!