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High school #1 vaulters that made an Olympic team

Unread postby achtungpv » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:41 pm

Jack Whitt and Mary Saxer both have the opportunity to do something extremely rare in US pole vaulting...be a former HS #1 ranked vaulter and make the Olympic team.

I can think of 3 off the top of my head...

Lawrence Johnson (HS #1 '94, OT '96, '00)
Nick Hysong (HS #1 '90, OT '00)
Casey Carrington (HS #1 '68/'69, OT '68)

Are there any others?
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Re: High school #1 vaulters that made an Olympic team

Unread postby VaultPurple » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:58 pm

I think your recently forgetting Andrew Irwin. He was HS #1 last year and currently holds an A Standard. 2005 US #1 Jordan Scott also has a shot to make the team.

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Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:58 pm

Casey Carrigan made the team the summer between his junior and senior years of HS!

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Re: High school #1 vaulters that made an Olympic team

Unread postby Skyin' Brian » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:42 am

Toby Stevenson?

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Re: High school #1 vaulters that made an Olympic team

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Skyin' Brian wrote:Toby Stevenson?


No. He only jumped 17' that year and there were 4 or 5 from Texas (including him) over that. In TX, Jacob Davis (17'3) and Jim Davis (17'1) both jumped higher that year. I can't remember the other(s). Other than Russ Buller, I can't remember if there were any others over 17' that year.
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Unread postby botakatobi » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:32 pm

Lee Barnes, a 17-year-old high school student from Hollywood High in Los Angeles, won the gold medal in pole vaulting at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

World record holder.

AAU Champion 1927, 1928

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Unread postby botakatobi » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:35 pm

Bill Miller.

California State HS champion 1927, 1928, 1929.

National HS record holder.

Olympic champion 1932.

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Earle Meadows

1932 Texas HS record holder, a record that stood from 1932 until the introduction of fiberglass poles.

Olympic champion 1936.

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Bill Sefton.

National HS record holder 1932.

NCAA champion 1935, 1936, 1937.

AAU Champion 1935, 1937.

World record holder.

4th place, 1936 Olympics.

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Unread postby botakatobi » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:41 pm

Ron Morris.

National HS record holder.

AAU champion 1958, 1961, 1962.

Silver medal 1960 Olympics.

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Re: High school #1 vaulters that made an Olympic team

Unread postby achtungpv » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:43 pm

botakatobi wrote:Earle Meadows

1932 Texas HS record holder, a record that stood from 1932 until the introduction of fiberglass poles.

Olympic champion 1936.


Was this the national leader at the time? Texas was far behind other states in the PV in the 60s and I assume earlier also. The HS national record was near or over 16' before TX got it's first 14-footer in high school.
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Re: High school #1 vaulters that made an Olympic team

Unread postby botakatobi » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:08 pm

I don't know. My record books don't cover that year and I don't remember.

Except for Bill Miller, what university did the rest of the vaulters I mentioned go to?

In the 1936 games, that same university put all three of the USA olympic team vaulters on the team to Berlin.


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