The Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Family, LLC
    Warwick Valley, NY

    The FLYING CIRCUS FAMILY WENT WEST!!!!!! YES——- 32 Flying Circus ATHLETES—PARENTS—COACHES traveled to the …” 8th WONDER-of-the-WORLD ” … The UCS SPIRIT NATIONAL POLE VAULT SUMMIT this past weekend in Reno,Nevada and what a learning experience it was. It’s true…..when young teams start bonding together… building mutual respect for each other…and showing compassion for each other…… the world gets brighter in every way. This is the character building blocks of scholastic athletics. Character development is the mission of sport @ Flying Circus. Let’s pass -it-on to everyone!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU ALL for a SUPER SUMMIT!!!!!!

    ALANA CARROLL…12′ 8″ ….TYLER HRBEK… 14′ 6″ lead a STRONG CIRCUS TEAM !!!

    There were 17 athletes competing… and… 17 wonderful stories to be told at this 30th NATIONAL SUMMIT sponsored by UCS Spirit and directed by Mr. Steve Chappell. The 2018 version was perhaps..the best ever and largest ever (over 2, 2000 athletes/coaches/parents) treated to 2 days of non-stop pole vault excitement. From the Beginner athletes ..to the Olympic Champions…the Hall-of-Famers … to the Rising New Stars… IT WAS A HAPPENING !!!! We will make the technique adjustments and apply them to each member of our little club…. It’s time to raise – the- bar in training!!!!!

    Leading Girls department was Alana Carroll(Averill Park,NY) with her 12′ 8″ New Indoor School Record in Pit #1… This Harvard bound scholar was close at 13′ 2!!! Backing her up on Pit #1 was Abby Norwillo(Pittston Area,PA) at 12′ 0″ and big all night at 12′ 8″!! Kicking up her speedy heels…was Coach Stephanie Duffy…coached by Sparky Thompson all night…and 12′ 0″ jump for 3rd on Pit #5 Open…. Taking the gold medal on Pit #3…was Warwick Valley,NY Kaeli Thompson at 11′ 8″ and big over 12′ 2 bars. Winning Gold at Pit #5 was Ridgwood,NJ senior gymnast..Nicole Lester with her all-time PR 11′ 6′ leap for the Maroons.. Backing her up on Pit #5 was Lauren saifi(Gov.Livingston,NJ) with a second place 11′ 2″ PR. Northern Valley-Demarest,NJ junior… Sydney Woods looked fast again with her 11′ 4″ soaring… Holy Angels,NJ senior..Bucknell bound honor student ..Caroline McGann was ready and made 10′ 8″ by a ton on her bigger poles of the early season… Greenwick,CT Champion..Lia Zavattaro flew 10′ 4″ from short run.light pole for next years Bison recruit… Making some great jumps at Pit #11..was 8th grader,,Chloe Pasek of West Milford,NJ… with 7’8″ make and close at PR 8′ 2″ !!! The most exciting new on Friday Morning and Friday Night Pro vault was our very own Megan “Flips” Clark of the Olympic Training Center’s Chris Mack group. After a national “shout out” in the morning session.. Megan flew big all night over 14′ 2 and 14′ 7″ brush off…. her positive attitude was the class of the field!!! She will be in the 111th NYRR MILLROSE GAMES on February 3 at the ARMORY!!!!

    The Boys/Men’s group was lead by Northern Valley-Old Tappan,NJ…senior Tyler Hrbek… with his 14′ 6″ zoom over for Coach Jeff Clark on Pit #4. Tyler was invited to NYRR MILLROSE GAMES jr. Valet Event on Thursday February 1 at 6PM!! Also sailing was warwick Valey,NY senior sprinter/vaulter..Dane Sorensen over 14′ 4″ by a foot!!! Dane was also invited to NYRR MILLROSE GAMES based on his 15′ 0″ Armory Vault. Jona Kim(NV-Old Tappan,nJ) was solid at 12′ 10″ bar… Coach Will Nesbitt(Garrison,NY) ..came off his flu sick bed to place 2nd on Masters Pit #6 at 12′ 6″ and close at 12′ 10 for the former Dukie….Jacob Becher was ruling Pit # 11 in the late afternoon.. and produced his best on indoor at 10′ 8″ and 11′ 0″ for the Warwick Valley Flash(Junior)… Carlton Huff.. of Vault Factory was inspiring all weekend and hit 10′ 4″ in Masters Comp for Coach Carl. “Big Air” was Seth Kricheff of NV-Old Tappan,NJ… this senior also is one of the 14 athletes invited to NYRR MILLROSE GAMES next month!!!

    TRAINING EMPHASIS for January-February…

    We will be taking of technique training up to and include all UCS Summit Clinic Level 3 Drills and Progressions.
    *Including Take Off Pent Step….Double Arm Strike…Left Arm Drills….Chest Drive Up-Dates and Grip Adjustments…. Soft Bar Vaulting

    Get ready for some Mid Season changes!!!!

    “If it is to be…… then..”’it’s up-to-me.” ——— Flying Circus


    Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Fun, LLC
    Warwick Valley, NY

    It’s that time of year again……. it’s time to link up with the West Coast Pole Vault community. It’s called..The UCS Spirit—National Pole Vault Summit…but..it might be better called…. “The Steve Chappell Fiberglass Motivation Gathering”!!!! Yes…the main man behind the modern pole vault revolution has gathered the best athletes…best coaches and best volunteers to promote our great event again and raise the pole vault to the next level… The Flying Circus will be making it’s 15th Straight Trip to the Dance with 16 motivated athletes… 7 dedicated coaches and 8 devoted parents … we will bring back all the newest theory and technique the West Coast can offer…. We are truly gratefull for everyone making this special trip with us this year. On to the next bar…………

    Flying Circus Vault Barn will be CLOSED on Thursday January 11, 12, 13, 14. We will reopen Monday January 15 for Regular Winter Classes in the regular time sessions.

    Weekend News
    Jan. 3-6

    Rockland Coaches @ RCC… Arlington,NY junior…Kristen Kolarik flew to a new PR at 9′ 9″ for the Girls Varsity gold medal… Hannah Solomon-Hollander(Suffern) placed second at 9′ 2″PR..Fiona Carroll(TZ) also 9′ 2″PR Rebecca Baez(No Rockland) 8′ 6′ Lauren Hancher(TZ) 8′ 6″ Kelly Rattigan(JJ-EF 8′ 0″ Cassie Wishner(Nyack) 8′ 0′ Haley Merchant(HH) 7′ 6″ Gabby Lepe(White Plains 7′ 6′ … In the Boys Varsity..Chris Filatov of Nanuet set his new PR at 14′ 0″..Tommy Qualter(CS) 13′ 6″ Will Grady(Arlington) 11′ 6″ Ron O(Nanuet) 10′ 6″ Henry Pennella(Valhalla) 9′ 0′.

    Ocean Breeze Games ….. Dave Bausmith(Hunterdon Central,NJ) 14′ 0″ Tom Qualter(CS) 13′ 0″ Engene Om(Nanuet) 12′ 0″ Matt Warren(Wash’ville) 11′ 0″
    Girls…Kristin Lubeski)MW).. 11′ 0″ for gold… Gabby Nebiker(MW) 10′ 0″ Julia Penna(MW) 9′ 6″ Rebecca Baez(NR) 8′ 6″ Lindsey Julian(Wash’ville) 7′ 6″

    Hispanic Games @ Armory….. The pole vault took center stage at the 23rd Hispanic Games on Saturday before an overflow crowd of spectators and athletes…. Charles Crispi of Farrell Prep was laser focused all day and flew BIG over 16′ 1″ meet record for Coach Cahill. He was ever so close at 16′ 5″…and is now TOP SEED for the Jr. Pole Vault Event at NYRR MILLROSE GAMES on Thursday Febuary 1. Congratulations Charles and Jerry!!! Placeing a solid and tough 3rd place was senior Dane Sorensen of Warwick Valley,NY.. After his 23.9 relay carry..her punched over 14′ 6″ with air and close bars at 15′ 0″ for Coach Potter. Liam Landau (Pascack Hills) 13′ 6″ Enis Rama (Wagner) 12′ 0″ Will Grady(Arlington) 10′ 0″ Jacob Becher(Warwick Valley) 10′ 0″ Lucas Klowaylo(North Highlands) 10′ 0″

    Girls… 18 Circus Girls stayed together after a packed warm up…Abby Norwillo(Pittston Area,PA) hit a New Meet Record at 12′ 6″ and then was close at 13′ 3.5″ for the USA #1 lead. She heads to Reno on Thursday…. Warwick Valley,NY junior Kaeli Thompson went 12′ 0″ and raced the 4 x 400 Relay for the Wave… Sydney Woods(NV-Demarest,NJ) came up big over 11′ 7″ for Coach Mike Ives…Dani Heine(Abington Heights,PA) is making her move up to the 13′ 1′ pole series and placed at 11′ 0″ and close bars at 11′ 7″ Melissa Purcell(Pascack Valley,NJ) looked best of seson at 11′ 7″ Caroline McGann(HA) 10′ 6″ Juliana Schraer(PV) 9′ 6″ Sydney Tomaine(FDR) 9′ 0″ PR Kaia becker(N Highlands) 9′ 0″ Jamie Rossig(PH) 8′ 0″ Cassie Wishner(Nyack) 8′ 0″ Gabby Lepe(WP) 7′ 6″ Bridgette Inserra(N.Highlands) 7′ 0″ Jenn McGann(HA) 7′ 0″ Olivia Touftounijian(HA) 7′ 0″ Ava DeFelice(Cornwall) 7′ 0″ !!!!!


    Some people set higher standards for themselves. They come out early for practice and they stay late. They always seem to find the time to do things right. They have that ‘inner spirit’ and that positive approach to every set back… they lead others by example…they encourage others with soft words…. The motivated athletes take an interest in others…. they are respected by all for their HARD WORK ETHIC….. they actually pole vault for each other and never look back. This is the true beauty of Flying Circus Pole Vault.