Pole vaulters from around the world descend on Reno


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Brigham Young University pole vaulter Zachary McWhorter, a 2016 teen national champion, clears the bar last weekend in Reno.

Think sports and Reno and what comes to mind? Skiing and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe? The National Bowling Stadium? What about pole vaulting?

More than 1,000 people came to Reno last weekend for the UCS Spirit  National Pole Vault Summit, a 30-year tradition that attracts some of the world’s top pole vaulters and coaches.

Described by organizers as “a grassroots developmental clinic established and continued to promote safety and encourage the advancement of pole vaulting,” the two-day event is split between competitions held inside of the Reno Livestock Arena and seminars at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.

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Katie Nageotte, 2020 Olympic gold medalist; Sandi Morris, 2016 Olympic silver medalist; Steve Chappell, general manager, UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit; Catherine Wakefield Carl, new pole vault parent

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