Liberty Bridge Jump Off

July 31, 2018

So I haven’t been doing well with getting the posts up from our trip to Ireland. Honestly, its not from lack of trying, there’s just been a whole lot going on thats been sucking my time and attention in 100’s of other directions. Oh and yeah, the sleeping has derailed once again. So there’s that. In the midst of everything The Husband had his annual pole vault street meet, The Liberty Bridge Jump Off, in South Carolina last week. This is a meet the boys really enjoy, not just because its their Daddy’s meet, although they are big fans of his work, but also because the meet hosts a pre-meet kids vaulting clinic, a DJ and cheerleaders to keep the energy levels high and the whole vibe party! but they also get to watch the competition from right next to the vaulting runway, not stuck up in the nose bleed section of some stadium bleachers. So with all that entertainment and a good dose of some amazing pole vaulting by the countries top men and women vaulters, we hit the road bound for South Carolina. Yes, its a slight blogging detour, but I promise I will get back on track with posts from all things Ireland very soon.

2 boys ready and making their way to the kids vaulting clinic.

Coach Steve is amazing. He has so much time for all these kids.

Cullen takes the pre-vaulting grip test.

Keane spots Daddy.

The lessons begin.

I can remember doing something similar when I was a kid. With less fancy equipment. We’re talking a long and sturdy stick to vault across streams and rivers. And no, I’m not 87 yrs old, I just sound like I am.

Boys in line, probably bickering as they wait to do some real vaulting.

Keane is up.

Grab…

…and launch.

Cullen’s on deck.

Look at that determination.

He’s a natural.

Now we’ve progressed to running with our own poles.

Clearance for days.

Lets go Cullen!

Some tangling issues, but we made it.

Post vaulting ice cream treats which we even shared with Daddy.

Top US women’s pole vaulter Sandi Morris came out to the clinic.

This is her little niece. Basically a Sandi “Mini Me”.

Ok, its getting close to competition time. We’ve got our viewing spot next to the runway and we are watching Sam Kendricks, no.1 mens vaulter with his final preparations.

Worth mentioning that the city of Greenville, SC, is Sandi’s hometown. So she had the entire crowd behind her and all were eager and excited to meet her.

2nd Annual Liberty Bridge Jump Off is ready to go!

I think they were watching the cheerleaders.

First up for the ladies, Taylor Drummonds.

The crowd goes wild.

Sam Kendricks takes his first vault of the evening.

And he’s clear!

Again, the crowd loves it!

Ok, so full disclosure, the boys got a little antsy in the midst of all the vaulting action. The heat, the hunger, the staying in one spot for too long was bringing forth lots of emotions, mostly of the negative kind. So I took them off to feed them, followed by a late night stroll down to the river where they enjoyed a darkness dip with a few other kids. We made it back in time to watch Sandi attempt a world leading height of 4.95m.

See, happy after some food and a refreshing darkness river dip.

2nd attempt at 4.95, was a miss.

While Sandi was preparing for her last attempt at 4.95m, Sam took his final jump of the evening, clearing 5.80m.

Sandi is back, with her final attempt at 4.95m.

AND SHE’S CLEAR!! WROLD LEADING JUMP!!

The roar of victory.

Keane straight up with the high-5’s.

Crowd appreciation.

Sandi announces that she is going to attempt a new World Record. Wore out from the days events and the late hour I now have a sleeping Cullen in my arms. The responsible mother in me knew I should take him back to the Air BnB and tuck him into bed, but the track fan in me wanted to stay and watch Sandi go for the world record. So I stayed.

Unfortunately Sandi missed out on setting a new world record by the smallest of margins. (No photos of her attempts due to the sleeping child in my arms), but what an evening of vaulting. Well done to all the participating athletes.

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