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

    The early cold spring is now in the rear view mirror ….. Welcome to the “POLE VAULT SEASON” in VAULT-TOWN,USA !!!! The first 6 weeks of small grips and short runs are now over…and the next 6 weeks leading up to STATE and NATIONALS are ALL ABOUT POLE VAULT PERFORMANCES and PERSONAL BESTS!!!!! Everyone here at Flying Circus is ready to Fly-the-Nest. JOIN – The – LAUNCH with us !!!!

    * Details of OUT of the BACK POSTURE is now critical to all vaulters. PUSH OUT TALL>
    * POLE DROP RHYTHM needs specific attention and drills
    * ATHLETES must do fewer things..in GREATER DEPTH.
    * FINISHING the TAKE-OFF DYNAMIC must become a mission.

    Action continues on UCS SPIRITS …. Crusdaer Relays at Monroe-Woodbury Central ,Ny was another gala gathering on Saturday..with Matt DeLorenzo(Wallkill) soaring 13′ 6″ for the silver medal for the Cortland University bound senior captain. Vinnie Delaolo(MW) placed 3rd at 12′ 6″ Trevor Hazell(Vernon) 12′ 6″ and Logan Matthers(MW) 10′ 0″. Josh Jenong(MW) won Fr/Soph at 12′ 6″PR Tom Qualter(CS) 9′ 6″ Chris Filotov(Nan) 9′ 6″ and Adam Stavash(BT) 8′ 6″.. Sophomore Sprinter/Vaulter..Kristen Lubeskie(MW) set a new Meet record in Frosh/Soph at 11′ 0″..Gabby Nebiker(MW) 8′ 6″ Gianna Scancarello(MW) 7′ 6″ Rebecca Baez(NR) 7′ 6″ Hannah Soloman-Hollander(Suf) 7′ 6″ Grace Smipson(TZ) 6′ 0″ Fiona Carroll(TZ) 6′ 0″ Jusmine DeGuzman(BT) 6′ 0″.

    Coach Ashley Gansel’s Bethlehem Lady Lions won the team title at the Rome Invitational..as Tedi DeMaria(BC) set a new meet record of 11′ 9″ into a stiff headwind. Kalli Manly(BH) sailed 10′ 0″ and Lauren Berry(Emma Willard) made 8′ 6″ in rough conditions. At the Race at the Oval Invite.. Rondout Valley,NY senior Sophia Alter won gold at 11′ 0″ Samantha Kaplan(NP ) 10′ 6″…. The Boys were led by winner Dylan Scanbani(NP) with a PR at 14′ 1″…team mate Dagi Tedesse(NP) 13′ 6″ for silver!!!

    The St Anthony Invite in Smithtown,LI was cheering for hometown hero Liam Ackerman(SA) as he won again at 14′ 0″ for Coach Jim Hendersen. Up in Massachusetts….North Reading continues to be one of the best teams in the state..as senior Julia Valenti soared to first place at 11′ 6″ in the Weston Twilight meet. In today’s Andy Wasnik Meet in Mahwak,NJ… Fair Lawn,NJ junior Jessica Ippolito set another School Record with her 12′ 0″ leap to qualify for Greensboro Nationals!!! Full results coming from this explosive meet on Tuesday.

    The Somers Invite was won by Jordan Schwartz(Hackley School) at 11′ 6′ George Zakharov(Croton Harmon) 11′ 0″. The Union County Relays saw Nick DeLuca(Gov.Liv) win at 12′ 6″ Brian Rubenstein(GL) 12′ 6″ and Mark Lynch(Cranford) 11′ 6″…Girls Division..Leah Saifi(GL) takes honors at 11′ 0′ Lauren Saifi(GL) 9′ 6″!!! Over in the Pittston Area.PA…. watch out for fast improving Sophomore Abby Norwillo(Pittston Area,PA) at 11′ 0″ School Record at mid-week!!!

    The 17th Brian Ahearn Classic Twilight Meet was one of the best ever..with National USA Marks in almost every event…Under-the-Lights at Warwick Valley Central’s Ultra-Speedy Track and Pole Vault Runways. This meet is a tribute to one of Warwick Valley’s Finest young Track and Field stars…Brian Ahearn…who lost his battle with a brain tumor 17 years ago… His courage and spirit lingers forever at our Warwick Valley Track and Field Complex. It was hot vaulting on a cold night..with music blaring all night long… Issac Heatley..the junior Warwick Valley Vault Captain won at 12′ 9″ followed by soph team mates Dane Sorensen(WV) at 12′ 9″PR Andy Rubenstahl(Wash) 12′ 3″ Brendan McShane(WV) 11′ 9″PR Kevin Nam(PJ) 11′ 9″PR and Luca Correra(PJ) 10′ 0″ Jacob Beckler)WV) also had a great night. The Girls division was also exciting as Northern Valley-Demerast,NJ) put on a Vault-Show for the Vault Nuts at the 50 Yard Line Vault Pit. Eastern States Indoor Vault Champ..Michelle Rubenitti(NVD) set a new school record at 12′ 3″ for Coach Mike Ives and had a last jump brush off at 12′ 9.5″!!! Caitlin Reverand(NVD) the Bergen County All -Round Athlete of the Year this Indoor season…took home the silver at 11′ 0″…Jessica Ippolito(Fair Lane,NJ) placed 3rd at 11′ 0″ Erin Yuder(NVD) 10′ 6″PR Sydney Woods(NVD) 10′ 0″PR Genevieve Reilly(War) 8′ 0″ Emily Welling(War) 8′ 0″ Kaeli Thompson(War) 8′ 0″ Lindsey Julien(Wash) 8′ 0″PR for Coach Duffy!!!

    College News.. Marissa Robbins(Manhattan) won her MAAC Championships today at Rider University at 11′ 6″ Breanna Brucher(Manhattan) 11′ 0″ Maddessen Weekes(manhattan) 10′ 0″.. Erik Adamcik(Rider University) won gold at 15′ 0″. BIG News came from the Tim Farrell Classic at St.John’s University as junior Dana Placentra(NYU) set a New University All Time School Record at 11′ 0″ for the BIG PURPLE!!!!

    A MEET NOT TO MISS…… Pole Vaulters have long enjoyed the FAST and UNIQUE Pole Vault set up at Warwick Valley High School. So many GREAT POLE VAULT PERFORMANCES have taken place.. including Jenn Suhr’s 15′ 6″..Jordan Yamoah’s 16′ 8″ Megan Clarks 12′ 9″ and many ,,, many more. We invite your High School Coaches to enter you in this year F WARWICK FAST TIMES meet on Tuesday May 31. This Twilight meet can only be entered on line by your High School Coach. Girls staring height is 10′ 0″ Boys starting height is 12′ 0″ JOIN us for this ELITE HS Pole Vault Event!!!



    The Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Project
    Warwick Valley, New York

    Every once in awhile….. we get a chance to see a little bit of the future…. Future stars heading out to the college levels…college athletes stepping into the professional level of sport… and yes.. the ever-so promising young ‘Rising Stars’ of Middle School/Elementary School ages taking a shot at the “Worlds’ Greatest Event”…The Pole Vault. Such was the thrill this past two weeks here at Flying Circus and the 122nd PENN RELAYS CARNIVAL in Philadelphia. How can it be…that the evolution of pole vault has reach such great heights….. It’s called…”HUMAN SPIRIT”..that drives these young athletes to greater performances week after week…and meet after meet. We salute this new generation of super dedicated kids on fiberglass vaulting poles!!! Keep the Spirit Flying!!!!

    Week Results…Flying Circus Family Members….
    The Circus Bus traveled thru Connecticut…with Marc DeLuca(WestHill,CT) taking gold at O’Grady Relays in Danbury with a 14′ 0″ sail for Coach Perry… Nate Llanos(Danbury) 13′ 6″ Henry Vossler(Darien) soared 12′ 6″ and Kenny Yamaguchi(Darien) flew the coop at 10′ 0″. In Girls..It was all Danielle Cass(Weston) taking gold at 10′ 6″ for Coach Meadve…Lauren Russo(Newtown) taking silver at 10′ 0″ Hannah Campos(Weston) 9′ 6″ and Lia Zavattaro(Greenwich) at 9′ 0″.

    …..as the bus moved into Massachutes State 4-D Relays..it was steam victory for North Reading Girls and Boys… and vaulter Julia Valenti was the star of the day again.. with wins in Hurdles relay( 15.0/split) Pole Vault win/10′ 6″0 and Shot Put win at 36′ 7″!!! She has yet to move to her real run and grip!!! Her Shuttle Hurdle team qualifies for Nationals!!!

    ….. the bus rolled into the Penn Relay Mayhem on Thursday-Friday-Saturday… with already reported greatness from about 15 Circus Stars on all levels… Placing 6th in the Boys Championship High School was Nick Marino(Hatboro,PA) at 14′ 0″ after his 15′ 6″ from last weeks results …Liam Ackerman(St.Anthony,NY) 13′ 5.5″ for Coach Hendersen!!! The college boys turned up the heat on Saturday..with Lee Bares(West Point) placing 5th at 16′ 6.75″ for Coach Jon Hill…Peter Fagan(Binghamton,NY) 16′ .75″ for Coach Mike Thompson …..Nick Perez and Travis Fountain both hit 14′ 5.5″ …all on UCS Spirits!!!!

    …after fueling stop…the bus traveled into New Jersey for some fun times…with Trevor Hazell of Vernon,NJ taking Gold Medal at 12′ 6″ for the Vikings….Brian Rubenstein(Gov. Livingston,NJ) finally soared 14′ 0″ for the Millburn Relays win..Nick DeLuca(GL) placed 2nd at 12′ 6″ Mark Lynch(Cranford,NJ) PR’d at 12′ 0″ and Brian McCarthy hit 12′ 0″. The Girls also won with Leah Saili(Gov.Livingston) blitzing 11’6″ meet record…Lauren Saifi(GL) 9′ 6″.

    …. following a lunch stop at Chick-Fillet…. the bus headed west into Penn-Territory again… James Coughlin,PA junior Maddie Hawkins flew big over 11′ 6″ again for the silver medal at the Cougars Twilight Meet and was close at 12′ goal… Rising-Sophomore…Abby Norwillo of Pittston Area,PA set another New School Record of 11′ 0″ and District 2 up and coming Corah Frantz(Lakeland,PA) made 9′ 6 by a ton!!!

    …the bus crossed over to the Kingston Relays and New Paltz HS vaulters dominated the boys and girls meet..with junior Dylan Scribani(NP) winning the boys at 14′ 0″..Dagi Tadesse(NP) 13′ 6″PR Matt DeLorenzo(Wallkill) 13′ 6″ Andrew Matta(NFA) 13′ 0″…The Girls division was won by Samantha Kaplan(New Paltz) at 11′ 0″ school record… Sophia Alter(RV) 10′ 6″ Crystal nelson(ON) 7′ 0″ and Claudia Kaplan(NP) 6′ 0″!!! In The Kingston Middle School meet on Friday…7th graders Bill Finn(Warwick,NY) hit 6’6″ for Coach Warnock and 7th grader Julia Mosier(Warwick) made 5′ 6′ for the Wildcats!!!

    …. with the gas tank heading to empty…. the last stop was the Gold Rush Relays at Clarkstown South HS,NY…. with the largest Circus group performing…yes.. 25 Circus Vaulters in the same place … and… contending with the 19 Mahwah,NJ VAULT CREW ATHLTES of COACH ROB PASEK’s THUNDERBIRDS!!!! It was dark when the final jump was taken..Jack Muller(Mahwah,NJ) hit 13′ 6″ ..as 6 athletes from Mahwak HS went 13′ 0″ or better!!!! That’s TEAM VAULTING!!!! Dante D’Agostaro(Mahwah) 13′ 6″ and heading to West point next fall….Amir Ansari(Mahwah) 13′ 6″..Justin (Mahwah) 13′ 0″) Aiden Miller(Pearl River) 13′ 0″ Dominic Rocca(Mahwah) 13′ 0″ Connor Burke)Pearl River) 11′ 6′ Tom Qualter(CS) 9′ 0″ Adam Stavash(Bergen Tech) 9′ 0″ for Coach Cevoli!! The Girls were highlighted by Sophomore Kristen Lubeskie of Monroe-Woodbury…coming off 2 medals at the Penn relays (#rd in DMR-400 leg-59.1) and PV -5thplace at 11′ 5.75″) she won gold at 11′ 7′ PR for Coach Goodwin…Marissa Entrup(Mah) 10′ 0″PR..Julia Entrup(Mah) 9′ 6″ Kyra Muller(Mah) 9′ 0″ Kerry Qualter(CS) 9′ 0″ Sarah Levitsky(Mah) 8′ 0″ Hannah Soloman-Hollander(Suf) 8′ 0″ Ginna Scancarello(MW) 7′ 6″ Serya Freidman(MW) 7′ 6′ Joella Chase(BT) 7′ 0″ Grace Simpson(TZ) 6′ 6″ Fiona Carroll(TZ) 6′ 6″!!!!