WARWICK VALLEY POLE VAULT …. ON-THE-RISE !!!!!
The storied history of fiberglass pole vaulting at Warwick Valley Central is filled with magic…mystque and folk lore tradition and the new generation of “Flyer’s on Fiberglass” are about to write some new chapters on soaring.
The Purple Wave Flyers of Coach Mike Potter’s Boys Track & Field team…and the Girls Purple Wave Team Flyers coached by Rich Furst have taken wings for the up-coming Spring season at Track & Field Central… Warwick Valley High School.
Championship Pole Vaulting was started in the very early 1970…with George Odell setting records for the Purple and Gold Wildcats of Coach Frank Lacalimetta. The progress to fiberglass vaulting poles soon shot the school records into orbit the next 40 years…with Dave Holt holding the school record for an astonishing 33 years at 15′ 7″ (1978-2011).. Todd Uckermark(2014) shot the record to 16′ 9″..the second highest ever in New York State High School History. In the Girls rich history…Meredith Mante won the first NY State Pole Vault Title with her 11′ 9″ sail for gold in 2003 for her new school record…. Kayla Leahey followed with State Scoring Vaulting in 2010 and the current Purple Wave Record Holder …Jenna Marrione won National Titles in 2008 for the Wildcats and zoomed 12′ 7.5″ her senior year at Warwick Valley.
Now.. it’s time for the “NEW KIDS on FIBERGLASS” to Raise the Bar. The New Wave in Boys Vaulting is led by Warwick Valley senior…Derek DiBona…who sailed to a personal best this past weekend at the New Balance Indoor National Championships of 16′ 2″ to place 5th and become ALL-AMERICAN. He leads an exciting group of “New-FLYERS-in-PURPLE”….and Erin Leahey…a State Scoring Vaulter/Sprinter will lead the LADY FLYERS this spring. There is a surge going on with our Middle School “RISING STARS on FIBERGLASS” to keep all this tradition moving fast-forward.
We invite all athletes… from all sport backgrounds…to join us at The Warwick Conference Center,Warwick,New York… for the Flying Circus “LEARN -TO-POLE VAULT-DAY” on Saturday March 28, 2015. Come join the RISING STARS and learn to fly. All 7-8-9-10th graders welcome.. Boys 3 Hour Session 10AM-1PM Girls Session 2PM-5PM.. Cost $25 per athlete.. Learn more at www.hvflyingcircus.com Register At The Door…Dressed for activity.