A special thank you to Alex Heinert at Midco Sports Network for including us as part of their TV program. Alex produced this piece about our 4th of July pole vault competition we hold every year. He did a great job on the video.
Now I’m excited for next summer!!! Learn more about our 4th of July Street Vault Competition on the 4th of July page on this site.
Vaultdogs is a site dedicated to the pole vaulting community in Seward, Nebraska that is home to the Concordia University Bulldogs and the Seward High School Blue Jays. Both schools have long traditions in their pole vault programs.
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." ~ Isaiah 40:31
Wow what a championship weekend.
At the NAIA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Concordia University Track & Field team had great performances. Highlighted by Liz King who won the Javelin by over 15' with a toss of 164'8"... Huge throw that ranks her as one of the top jav throwers in the USA. Congrats!
For the vaulters, the weekend started off with great performances by seniors Shelby Yelden and Kellie Fegter. Shelby cleared 12'01.50" to tie for 3rd place. This height matched the winning height and the places were sorted out according to overall misses. Considering Shelby came out of High School with a PR of 9'06", to improve to be one of the nations top female vaulters is impressive.
Equally impressive was the gutty performance by Kellie. After suffering a major ACL knee injury last season, she trained hard to get back to being a national level pole vaulter. She was able to earn a trip to nationals and cleared 11'02" and in true pole vaulter fashion she wanted to vault higher, but I was very proud of her.
On the men's side, Brandon Ramos and Lucas Wiechman competed in the Decathlon and Pole Vault. After two days of decathlon, they were exhausted in the southern heat. But they were able to clear 15'05" and 15'01" respectively. In the open vault, neither were able to clear the opening height of 15'01". But for being only a sophomore and freshman, they gained outstanding experience. Brandon finished the decathlon in 15th place and Lucas moved up to just miss an All-American place with a 9th place finish.
Senior Carson Farr put on a great performance after struggling to clear his opening height of 15'07" (which almost gave me a heart attack) in which he cleared the bar on his third attempt. But after this he cleared 16'01.75", 16'04.75" and 16'08.75" all on first attempts. The final height being a new PR. Carson then moved up to a new pole at 17'00.75". His first attempt, he didn't turn it up, but when he came in for his second attempt, the 15' 175 pound pole broke! He was able to take the next pole off the ground but was unable to clear the final bar. This put Carson in 3rd place and earned All-American honors. This also moved me, Coach Berry, down the Concordia All Time List, but I couldn't have been more happy to get moved down the list.
The same weekend, the Nebraska State Championships were going on in Omaha. Seward High School and future Concordia Bulldog, Kalvin Lankford, was competing in the Class B competition. Kalvin cleared a personal best of 14'02" to earn a second place finish. The winning height in the competition was the same but Kalvin lost by a extra miss. He finished his high school career with a PR in the state track meet, awesome way to finish!
At the Nebraska State Track & Field meet, a vaultdogs elevated wood runway was used for the girls competition. A few meet records and many PR's were set on our fast runway. Next year the boys will get to use it.
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Our 2014-15 Winter Camps Information
Registration Information will be posted in Spring 2014
Camps will cover the following events: Sprints up to 400 meters, Pole Vault, Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, and Hammer Throw. Breaks will be provided for meals. There will be numerous drills taught which will include underwater vaulting at the Seward pool for the pole vault camps. The pole vault camps have overnight housing available. Included with overnight registration will be meals and lodging. A t-shirt will be provided with all camp registrations. Click here to learn more about our summer camps.
Since 1986, Concordia University, Nebraska pole vaulters have become known for consistently producing some of the top pole vaulters in the NAIA. Through the mid 90's, pole vaulters from Concordia could be seen all over the country competing with and winning some of the top NCAA and NAIA track meets. Lead by Gene Brooks, the school record holder, the vaulters from that era tallied 7 national...
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