May is that time of the year when your anxiety starts to grow for the
end of school and start of summer. Summer meets, summer fun to include
the sport of pole vaulting. From this year on May, we will begin our
annual month of Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awardees for the
With that said, we had a Vaulter Magazine Hall of Fame celebration
for Don Hood and Carl Erickson at Baylor University for this occasion.
The event was epic with the awards given to each of the recipients by
Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Jenn Suhr at Baylor University. Friends
and family gathered to see these men that provided such prestige to
their athletes in their younger years. Pole vaulters from the past came
to mark this celebration and Stuart Kantor wrote and excellent article
annotating the event.
“Says Payne of the Golden Age at Baylor: “The combination of coaching
and those three guys [Hodge, Cooper, Shafe] is kind of what got me
going.” Payne, mentored by Erickson, set and still holds many Baylor
A great friend of Vaulter Magazine a supporter from day one and a
confidante that can be counted on. “While many elite vaulters begin to
coach in place of competing when they retire, few are lucky enough to
make as much of an impact on the pole vaulting community as Bob Olsen.”
Bob Olsen is a Masters Vaulter now and has vaulted his way through a
majority of his life. Kreager Taber takes the time to write about Bob
and open a window into his life as a pole vaulter and a coach. Good job
John Clark is back, and he never ceases to make us laugh and think
about his journey as a Masters Pole Vaulter. “When I woke up around 8
o’clock that Sunday morning to the sounds of howling wind, booming
thunder, and pouring rain outside my hotel room, I pretty much knew the
Texas Senior Games vaulting competition was going to be a wash-out.”
Read the rest of the story and see what John is up to and who he is
writing about this month.
As we finish may and honor those pole vaulters of the past, we will
get some insight into the club world and the pole vaulters that make the
summer season happen. See you all in June!