1. CIRCUS SPIRIT PREVAILS !!!!!

    The Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Project
    “Powered by JOE TEA”
    Warwick, NY

    “MAKING HISTORY…with SPIRIT” ….The true measure of the athlete…lies in the effort and inner spirit to excel. This was the most important lesson developed this Indoor Season at Flying Circus. It was never all about winning the gold medal..but more about an athletes commitment to human spirit. Spirit can never be defeated..as it is the awesome by product of participating with all your might. CONGRATULATIONS to all our 108 Indoor Pole Vaulters this winter… Keep looking ahead to the challenges and adventures to come.

    CIRCUS THOUGHTS ………
    * Know what you want to accomplish. See yourself excelling.
    BELIEVE in YOUR MIRACLE. TAKE A CHANCE on yourself.
    The SPIRIT of TOUGHNESS and BIG HEARTS GET IT DONE.
    Make progress ….. not mark time.
    Don’t MAJOR in MINOR things in life.
    AVOID NEGATIVE PEOPLE.
    CHAMPIONS demand results.
    A slacker asks when is practice over…A CHAMPION asks..”CAN I STAY LATE”.
    Bio-Rhythms … Prepare for your break-thru.
    Be CONSUMED by the CONCEPT of TEAM…IT’S WE..not ME.
    KEEP-YOUR-PROMISES.

    NEW YORK STATE MEET Results…Ocean Breeze,NY… Girls ..2-Amanda McNelis(Commack) 12′ 3″ 4-Alana Carroll(Averil Park) 12′ 0″ 6-Kristin Lubeskie(Monroe-Woodbury) 11′ 3″ 7-Kaeli “Sparky) Thompson(Warwick Valley) 11′ 3″ PR Julia Nomberg(HHH) 10′ 0″ Amelia Legg(Delhi) 10′ 0″ Maddy Lukska(Ursiline) 10′ 0″ Kylie Strzlezyk(Smithtown East) 9’6″ Kelley Townley(Liverpool) 9′ 6″ Patriyca Lis(Townsed Harris) 8′ 3″

    Boys…. 2-Charles Crispi(Farrell) 15′ 0″ SB 3-Johannes Stromhaug(Vestel) 15′ 0″ PR Dagi Tadesse(New Paltz) 14′ 0″ Vinnie DePaolo(Monroe-Woodbury) 13′ 6″ Isaac Heatley(Warwick Valley) 13′ 0″ George Zakhavov(Croton) 13′ 0″

    MEGAN CLARK & SCOTT HOUSTON SOAR at USATF INDOOR NATIONALS!!!!
    Congratulations to Megan Clark for placing 6th today at Nationals with her 14′ 11″ sail for the Olympic Training Center group …coached by Kris Mack…. and Scott Houston,,PV Coach at High Point University..scaling 18’4.5″ to place 4th in USA !!!!

    ” BACK-TO-BASICS” ….
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    The next training cycle here at Flying Circus( March 5-April 5) will be devoted to Pole Vault Techniques Development from short 4-5 lefts and light poles. It’s time to re-build the foundation for the up coming outdoor season.. Circus will be open every Tuesday-Thursday evening with 2 classes(Co-Ed) Class #1 5:30-7pm Class #2 7-8:30pm for all levels of pole vaulters. Cost $30 per athlete per session. Please join us for your development.

    CIRCUS will be CLOSED Fri-Sat-Sun March 10-11-12 for INDOOR NATIONALS.

    FLYING CIRCUS …. DEDICATION….TEAM CONCEPT…TRADITION.

  2. The 83rd EASTERN STATES…LEAH SAIFI SAILS 13′ .5″ …NICK MARINO SIZZLES 15′ 6″ !!!

    The Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Project
    Warwick Valley,NY

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    To watch young kids compete is a real treat.
    ……..and there were so many treats last night at the 83rd EASTERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS …as the finest athletes from 9 states came to the track and field mecca…The New Balance Armory on 168th street for some competitive fun!!!! The Flying Circus brought all the poles and the 30″ CIRCUS MIRACLES” put on their ‘BEST FIBER-SHOW” EVER for the excited crowd of Track & Field “Nuts”!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to all athletes…coaches and parents for a sensational night together!!! …on-to-nationals!!!!

    The stage was set and the peaking vaulters were ready-to-sail…. Pole Vault Chief…Tim Wilson kept the competition flowing all night with his brother and pit crew…as the girls field of 30 vaulters set the spark for the entire night…. Governor Livingston High School legend…Leah Saifi.. became the Greatest Girl Ever at Easterns with her NEW ALL TIME MEET RECORD 13′ .5″ vault on her third attempt for the gold. The personable senior , heading to Northeastern University next fall spanned her ankle on the winning vault and X-Rays provided the good news of no fracture!!! James Coughlin ,PA senior Madisyn Hawkins,,coming off a super PA State Meet on Saturday.. was also clean all night with first attempts.. took the silver at 12′ 6″ and moved up poles all night. Taking the Bronze medal was Northern Valley-Demarest,NJ senior Michelle “Rubeeee” Rubinetti ..with a hugh sail over a school record 12′ 6″ and ever so close bar at 13′ .5″ for the PENN UNIVERSITY bound gymnast/vaulter. Join the 12 Foot Club for her first time ever was Greenwich,CT junior…Lia Zavattaro with her 5th place 12′ 0″ make on her biggest UCS Spirit pole ever. Jessica Ippolito(FairLawn,NJ) still covering from a broken pole at State on Saturday placed 6th at 12′ 0″ for the Cutters ..as CIRCUS GIRLS placed 5 girls in the Top 6 for the best ever!!

    The Boys were determined to measure up to the Girls success… Nick Marino of Hatboro-Horsham,PA.. Coming off his 16′ 0″ PA State Meet win… flew the coop with a 15′ 6″ win and big height at 16′ 0:” for the Philly Jumps Club senior , coached by Brian Monschein. Colin Duigan of Fordham Prep , coached by Brian Carney was the TOP JUNIOR with his 2nd place 15′ 6″ Personal best and 1 great shot at 16’0″!!! Seth Kricheff of Northern Valley-Old Tappan,NJ was close at 15′ 0″ again and placed 5th . Robby Saligman(Friends Academy,PA) was great at 14′ 6′ and Marc deLuca(Westhill,CT_ hit 14′ 0″ for Coach Perry. Isaac Heatley(Warwick Valley,NY) blasted 14′ 0″..Trevot Hazell(Vernon) set a new school record of 14′ 0″ for the Vikings..Greg Fuerte(Paramus) 13′ 6′ and Ryan Vimba(Ridgewood) 13′ 6″.

    Full Girls Results… 1-Leah Saifi(Gov.Livingston) 13′ .5″ New Meet Record!!! 2-Madisyn Hawkins(Coughlin,PA) 12′ 6″ 3-Michelle Rubinetti(NV0Demarest,NJ) 12′ 6″ =School Record ! 5-Lia Zavattaro(Greenwich,CT) 12′ 0″ New School Record!! 6-Jessica Ippolito(FairLawn,) 12′ 0″ Amanda McNelis(Commack) 11′ 6″ Danielle Cass(Weston,CT) 11′ 6″ Nicole Lester(Ridgewood) 11′ 0″ Maxine Earl(Ridgewood) 11′ 0″ Kristin Lubeski(Monroe,NY) 11′ 0″ Caroline McGann(Holy Angels) 111′ 0″ = School Record! Sydney Woods.(NV-Demarest) 11’ 0″ Personal Best!

    CONGRATULATIONS to ALL !!!

    Late news… Congratuations to Sarah Haley of Binghamton University for winning the American East Pole Vault Championships this weekend at 12′ 5″ for Coach Thompson.. This former Dover,NY standout vaulter/hurdler continues to thrive. Also a shout out to Samantha Kaplan of RIT for 2nd place this weekend at State 11′ 1.75 ” !!!

    FLYING CIRCUS… You can’t make this stuff up.. it’s real.