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Published on Jul 12, 2011
The 6th Annual Gill Athletics Factory Vault proved to be the best event in its short history. The Gill Athletics Factory Vault features a symposium as well as several vault competitions which includes elite divisions for both men and women. The highlight of this years elite divisions was Becky Holliday's personal record of 15'2 (4.61m). The men did not disappoint either as four men scaled 18'8¼". Following Holliday on the women's side was 2011 US Champion Kylie Hutson with 14'3¼". On the men's side, 2011 US Champion Derek Miles' first attempt clearance at 5.70 proved enough for the win, while US runner-up Jeremy Scott, US Indoor Champ Mark Hollis and 2010 NCAA Champion Jordan Scott all tied for second at the same height.
Other activities included through the weekend was a pole vault symposium where attendees were offered a series of lectures and activities to help them progress in their own vaulting. Many of these young athletes also had the opportunity to interact with the elite athletes in a question and answer session as well as a barbeque on Friday night.
For the elite athletes, other activities included a USATF High Performance workshop where several athletes were given the opportunity to participate in sport science programs designed to help identify specific weaknesses and offer suggestions for improvement.
The open divisions featured over 100 vaulters and nearly perfect weather conditions provided a great opportunity for many young athletes to continue vaulting into the summer.