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Patrick Anderson has proven this summer why he is one of the best pole vaulters in the nation.
With a record number of vaulters, 50 in all and the temperatures above 100, Anderson put together a group of good vaults which brought him home sixth-place honors at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Wichita, Kansas. He started his first attempt at 14'1" and had no trouble clearing it. The bar was then moved to 14'7" with only 24 vaulters left in the competition. Pat cleared it again on his first attempt.
The next jump was set at 15'1", with only 17 jumpers left. Anderson again had no trouble clearing this height. The bar was then set to 15'7" at which Patrick had big clearances over the bar but just brushed it on the way down to bring home his sixth-place medal. Garret Startley from Arizona vaulting club won the event with a jump of 16'.
Patrick's next competition was the New Jersey Beach vault. This meet also had a record number of vaulters in the competition, 55 in the boy's high school championship.
Pat again started at 14' which he cleared on his first attempt. He then went on to clear 14'6", 15' and 15'6" also on his first attempts. His final clearance set the meet record and won the competition for Anderson.
He then had them set the bar to 16'3" and had two big clearances over the bar but again brushed them on the way down. With these great jumps he received huge responses from the large crowd on the New Jersey beach board walk.
1st Place - New Balance Outdoor Nationals - 15'9" - Â Meet Record
1st Place - Three Rivers Championship - 15'4"Â
1st Place - Junior Olympic Regional Championship - 15'1/4" - Meet Record
1st Place - New Jersey Beach Vault - 15'6" - Meet Record
6th Place - Junior Olympic National Championship - 15'1" - All American Honors