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New Years Eve Eve Meet Recap

First or Last?

Our last home meet of 2023 was a first in many ways. Aside from being our first official home meet of the 2024 indoor season, this meet marked the first time that long jump was contested at QCVA. We installed our long jump runway and pit this fall, and the wait to host a competition was finally over.

Another first for the club was hosting international competitors from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Any time QCVA athletes are able to watch and compete against those training at the next level, they have the opportunity to learn and sharpen their skills. We are extremely thankful the University of Windsor athletes made the trip down to the Queen City.

Surprisingly, Canada wasn't the furthest commute of yesterday's competitors. We had a young man, Michael, all the way from California compete with us. The Cullens were in town for the week visiting family. Michael trains with fellow Essx club, Ultimate Pole Vault, in Eastvale, CA. The young vaulter crushed it, notching 3 new PRs on the day topping out at 14'7".

Thin Lizzy Meet

The boys (and girls) are back in town! Due to the holidays, a lot of our college vaulters were back in town to jump with us. We had a few through the past few weeks, Paul Signorelli (UNC), Cate Lensch (LMU), Lauren Kent (UC). A few others competed with us at the meet, Jed Sisco (Samford), Haleigh Eckert (Cedarville), Grace Hicks (Miami), Henry Hoblitzell (Miami). Its always great to catch up and see their gains from collegiate training. We are extremely proud of all the great work they are doing at the next level.

The Recap

Winning the meet on the boy's side, and keeping the youngins in their place, was Ben Dangel, whose first attempt clearance at 15'1" was the deciding factor. Also over the bar were Jason Deem and Grant Harrison, who both notched the #2 mark in the state for high schoolers. Also presumably punching an early ticket to indoor state was Curtis Rempe, who finished 6th overall with his jump of 13'7".

On the girl's side, Haleigh Eckert led the way with 12'1". Right behind her, was new friend of the club Mirabelle Thornton who cleared 11'7" and jumped to #2 in Ohio for high school girls. Also claiming top 24 marks for Ohio were Claire Iaciofano, Shannon Main, and Olivia Andrews whose clearances at 10'1" puts them tied for 18th currently.

Complete Results:

Boys Pole Vault

1 Ben Dangel: QCVA 15-01.00

2 Jason Deem: Loveland 15-01.00

3 Grant Harrison: New Richmond 15-01.00

4 Henry Hoblitzell: QCVA 14-07.00

5 Michael Cullen: Ultimate Pole Vault 14-07.00

6 Curtis Rempe: CHCA 13-07.00

7 Ethan Southerland: Unattached 12-07.00

8 Grayson Dowell: Waynesville 12-01.00

nh Jed Sisco: QCVA NH

nh Jackson Kreitzer: Wyoming NH

nh Ben Sheffer: Turpin NH

nh Mack Powers: Dayton Wolverines NH

Girls Pole Vault

1 Haleigh Eckert: QCVA 12-01.00

2 Mirabelle Thornton: Wor. Kilbourne 11-07.00

3 Grace Hicks: QCVA 11-01.00

4 Ema Kralik: University of Windso 11-01.00

5 Grace Elford: University of Windso 11-01.00

6 Claire Iaciofano: Turpin 10-01.00

7 Shannon Main: Kings 10-01.00

8 Olivia Andrews: Talawanda 10-01.00

9 Madelyn Miller: Western Brown 9-07.00

10 Addison Hamilton: Wyoming 9-07.00

11 Mariah Hicks: Unattached 9-07.00

nh Samantha Pettinger: Harrison NH

Boy's Long Jump

1 Alex Holman: Cin. CHCA 14-00.00

Girl's Long Jump

1 Brooke Hollenkamp: QCVA 14-08.25

Boy's Shot Put

1 Mack Powers: Dayton Wolverines 34-03.00

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