pole vault


Definition of pole vault 

: a vault with the aid of a pole specifically : a field event consisting of a vault for height over a crossbar

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pole-vault \ˈpōl-ˌvȯlt \ intransitive verb
pole-vaulter noun

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In the pole vault, Wilde Lake senior Kareem Press won his second straight regional championship by clearing 11 feet, 3 inches. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Several county teams win outdoor track and field regional titles," 22 May 2018 Also punching his ticket downstate for Vernon Hills was junior Patrick Sear, who was second in the pole vault (13-6). Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Boys track notes: Zach Sheasby makes a big leap to become state-qualifying jumper," 18 May 2018 Kendricks explained that camaraderie mitigates the high risks of the pole vault, which requires athletes to be upside down, approaching 20 feet in the air. Brian Pinelli, New York Times, "In Pole Vault, Sam Kendricks Is a Team Player," 4 July 2018 Harris won the gold medal in the 15-16 age group last year in Detroit, Michigan and set personal-best marks in the high jump, javelin throw, pole vault, 1500-meter run, 400-meter run and hurdles. Alex Kushel, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton track club trio blitz to top efforts at national meet," 7 July 2018 All-conference: First team: Junior Sarah Rauh, 100-meter high hurdles; junior Rachel Berwanger, discus; and senior Sarah Voit, pole vault. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Mohawk memories: A yearbook for McAuley High School athletics in 2017-2018," 6 July 2018 The reigning Olympic silver medalist in the women’s pole vault, Morris spends more than 100 nights a year on the road, zig-zagging all over the world to compete. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Olympic pole vaulter Sandi Morris explains why she loves snakes, wants your attention," 18 June 2018 The study showed that women with elevated testosterone levels gained a competitive advantage from 1.78 percent to 4.53 percent in events like the 400 meters, the 400-meter hurdles, the 800 meters, the hammer throw and the pole vault. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Caster Semenya Will Challenge Testosterone Rule in Court," 18 June 2018 Combs and Monteiro went 2-3 in the pole vault, with Combs tying his personal best of of 11-0 and Monteiro clearing 10-6. Mike Owens, Philly.com, "Strong senior class led Riverside boys to first sectional track title," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of pole vault

1877, in the meaning defined above

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: a track-and-field event in which each athlete uses a pole to jump over a high bar

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