Corey Smith proved that he is indeed a force to be reckoned with in the US pole vault by setting a 9 inch personal best vault of 14’3″ at the Golden South Classic on Saturday, May 29th, 2010. This new PR would not have been high enough to win most of the Florida divisions, but it was high enough to win the 3A state title this year. Corey dedicated himself to fixing some issues after a sub-par performance of 12’6″ at the 1A FHSAA State Meet, a foot below his personal best of 13’6″. His hard work paid big dividends as his new pr places him 4th in the country for freshmen. Corey’s new ground transition allowed him to vault 9″ higher from 4 steps closer holding 4″ lower than before. Corey managed this feat from a walkup 10 step, 5 left, approach on a 14’6″ 165 Pacer FX pole with a grip of 13″10. With one meet remaining, in July, it will be fun to see if Corey is able to overcome the top 3 freshman in the US. 14’7″ is the goal, good luck Corey!
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Stephanie Cook and Corey Smith both set personal bests this past weekend on their way to the title ofGolden South Prep Division Champion. Stephanie, aka cookie dough, vaulted a personal best 8’9″ to win in a jumpoff against Anna Hinkeldey. Girls results are listed on FLrunners.com – girls prep division. Both girls failed on their extra attempt at 9′ before Stephanie made 8’9″ to take the win. Stephanie will be a sophomore at East Ridge High School next year.
Corey, who is training partners with Mike Vani at Pole Vault City, vaulted a personal best of 12’6″ from only a 5 left approach. He defeated Alex Kanzanski who was second at 12′. Boys results for the prepdivision can be found at flrunners.com – boys prep division. Corey will be a 9th grader next year at Holy Trinity, so everyone in 1A better keep that name in mind for the next few years.
In a aerial display, Jack Whitt from Oklahoma, broke the long standing Golden South record previously held by Pat Manson with a vault of 17’10″. Jack also had 3 excellent attempts at the national record 18’3.5″. Also in the boys classic competition, Mike Vani vaulted over 5 meters for his second meet in a row with a vault of 16’6″ for a solid second place. Third place was 14’6″ – so you can see the gap between the Mike and Jack and the rest of the field. Mike and Jack will compete against each other again at the Nike Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, NC on June 20th.