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Chinne Okoronkwo stars in pole vault, long jump and triple jump for Mountlake Terrace

Chinne Okoronkwo stars in pole vault, long jump and triple jump for Mountlake Terrace

Chinne Okoronkwo knows there are decisions coming.

Soon, the recruiting process will start in earnest. But Okoronkwo still is relatively insulated from the pressures associated with schools from all over the country vying for your talents.

Okoronkwo is, after all, just a sophomore at Mountlake Terrace High School.

Her talents will be vied for, however.

Okoronkwo already is a state champion. She…

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University of Miami pole vaulter Alysha Newman overcomes fear to succeed

University of Miami pole vaulter Alysha Newman overcomes fear to succeed

SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD

To watch Alysha Newman vault nearly 15 feet in the air, she seems like a natural.

After all, the 19-year-old University of Miami sophomore is one of the world’s best pole-vaulters in her age group and has a strong chance of making Canada’s Olympic team in 2016.

But don’t let the stunning visual of an airborne Newman fool you.

She’s just about as petrified as you might…

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NCAA Approves Unlimited Meals and Snacks for Division I Student-Athletes

No Division I college athlete should ever go to bed “starving” again. Following a meeting of its Legislative Council on Tuesday, the NCAA announced the removal of meal and snack restrictions on Division I athletes, according to NCAA associate director of communications Michelle Brutlag Hosick.

Whereas previously student-athletes were afforded only three meals per day, they will now have unlimited…

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West Allis Central’s Brent Hunter, Josh Boeder star for track and field team

West Allis Central’s Brent Hunter, Josh Boeder star for track and field team

Brent Hunter and Josh Boeder enjoyed fine weeks for the West Allis Central boys track and field team.

Hunter captured the high jump with 6 feet-2 inches in the Greater Metro Conference Indoor Meet on April 1 in the Central fieldhouse.

“Brent is really starting to settle in with the jumps, with the high jump being his most competitive event,” head coach Mark Klobukowski said.

Boeder sets indoor mark

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Former PVCC Athlete, Olympian Receives NJCAA Achievement Award

Former PVCC Athlete, Olympian Receives NJCAA Achievement Award

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) have selected April Steiner-Bennett as an Achievement Award recipient. Steiner-Bennett has demonstrated outstanding athletic ability in national, Olympic and international competitions and possesses ethical character. Her successes in amateur competitions and professional career epitomize the achievements and accomplishments desired in any…

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POLE VAULT

How it works

Competitors vault over a 4.5m-long horizontal bar by sprinting along a runway and jamming a pole against a ‘stop board’ at the back of a recessed metal ‘box’ sited centrally at the base of the uprights. They seek to clear the greatest height without knocking the bar to the ground.

All competitors have three attempts per height, although they can elect to ‘pass’, i.e. advance to a…

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West Allis Central’s Brent Hunter, Josh Boeder star for track and field team

West Allis Central’s Brent Hunter, Josh Boeder star for track and field team

Brent Hunter and Josh Boeder enjoyed fine weeks for the West Allis Central boys track and field team.

Hunter captured the high jump with 6 feet-2 inches in the Greater Metro Conference Indoor Meet on April 1 in the Central fieldhouse.

“Brent is really starting to settle in with the jumps, with the high jump being his most competitive event,” head coach Mark Klobukowski said.

Boeder sets indoor mark

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Mustangs win own track meet

Mustangs win own track meet

Ingleside rolled up 177 team points to win the Mustang Relays held Saturday.

The homestanding Mustangs won their lone home track meet of the year by taking first place in six events.

In the field events, Trent Selby won the shot put to lead Ingleside to first, second and third place finishes in the event. Selby won with a throw of 43-2.5. Ingleside also had the top three finishers in the discus,…

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Gregory achieves personal best in pole vault

Gregory achieves personal best in pole vault

When Tre Gregory suffered a hamstring tear a month ago, he did not know how it would affect his pole vaulting.

If Thursday’s performance was any indication, Gregory is well along on the comeback trail.

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Pole vaulter Tre Gregory of Out-of-Door clears 14 feet, 6 inches at the Class 1A-District 10 track and field meet Thursday at Out-of-Door Academy. STAFF PHOTO / DENNIS MAFFEZZOLI

Pole vaulter Tre Gregory of Out-of-Door clears 14 feet, 6 inches at the Class 1A-District 10 track and field meet Thursday at Out-of-Door Academy. STAFF PHOTO / DENNIS…

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Prep track: Thompson inching toward 12 feet

Prep track: Thompson inching toward 12 feet

The best athletes are often their own worst critics.
Arlington senior pole vaulter Willow Thompson finds herself in a dilemma that way. She has her goals in mind and wants to reach them, and at the same time she has to remind herself once in a while that she’s only human.
“That’s just how I am as an athlete,” she said. “I’m too hard on myself.”
Last year’s state meet was a prime example. Thompson…

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