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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
11:58 pm
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
3:14 pm
Stepping forward nervously here,

I was wondering if there's any other pole vaulters here who use the metres & centimetres system rather than the feet & inches.

Also, if someone could tell me, what's the standard height you go up by after each clearance? Here it's usually 10 cm, although at nationals it was 20cm until there was 6 competitors left, and then it was 15cm until there was one competitor left and then she had free reign of the height.

Just wondering whether there's a set amount, or whether you go up by inches on that side of the world :).

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
12:41 am
We have an athlete now
LJ people - I will work on getting an LJ feed for Brian's blog. I'll post again when I have it.


Contact: Becca Gillespy
Email: becca@polevaultpower.com

Mondschein to Compete for PoleVaultPower.com

PoleVaultPower.com announced today that they will immediately begin sponsorship of former Virginia Tech pole vaulter Brian Mondschein.

"I am psyched to be the first vaulter to represent Pole Vault Power," said Mondschein, "I have been a member of the site for so long, I am looking forward for the opportunity to give something back."

Pole Vault Power founder Becca Gillespy is excited about this new opportunity for Mondschein. "Brian has been a member of our community for several years. We have followed his progress through the collegiate ranks, and are excited to help him take it to the next level."

Mondschein will keep fans posted on his adventures in pole vaulting through a blog hosted by Trackshark.com.

Mondschein's goals for 2007 include jumping the Olympic Trials qualifying height and consistently jumping 18' or better. His long term goals include the London Olympics and to be a good representative for the US on the international scene.

Mondschein competed in his first USA Track & Field National Championships last summer and placed ninth with a jump of 17'8.50". He finished 2006 with the 15th highest jump by an American (18'1.75").

While competing for Virginia Tech, Mondschein qualified for the NCAA Championships five times, earning All-America honors three times. His best finish was second place at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Mondschein graduated in May of 2006 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

A 2001 graduate of Hershey High School in Hershey, Penn., Mondschein was the 2001 indoor and outdoor state champion.

Fans can follow Mondschein's progress through his website at http://www.polevaultpower.com/brian/ and through his blog on Trackshark at http://www.trackshark.com/blogs/Mondschein

Mondschein Statistics

Name - Brian Mondschein
Height - 6'4"
Weight - 190lbs
D.O.B - January 9, 1983
Coach - Dr. Robert Phillips
Publicist - Becca Gillespy

High School Statistics

School - Hershey High School, Hershey PA
Graduated - June 2001
Events - Pole Vault - 15'10"
- High Hurdles - 15.0s
- Long Jump - 20'6"
- High Jump - 6'5"

- 2001 Indoor and Outdoor State Champion
- School Record Holder
- 2001 Penn Relays Gold
- Conference Meet and All Time Record Holder
- Indoor and Outdoor National Meet Qualifier

College Statistics

School - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA
Graduated - May 2006, BS Mechanical Engineering
Events - Pole Vault - 5.53m/18'1.75"

- 5 x NCAA Qualifier, 3x NCAA All American
- 2005 Outdoor NCAA Runner UP
- Indoor and Outdoor School Record Holder
- 5 x Conference Champion (ACC and Big East)
- 8 x All Conference Selection
- 2006 Penn Relays Gold
- 2x East Region Winner and Record Holder
- 2006 Outdoor USA Qualifier and 9th Place Finish
Saturday, December 9th, 2006
6:57 pm
Is anyone going to go to the Pole Vault summit in Reno, NV in January? I'm going, and it looks like it's going to be wonderful. I'm excited!
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
1:14 pm
A Pole Vaulter's Christmas Wish List
Pole Vaulter's Christmas Wish List

1. A Pole Vault Power T-Shirt - These are the hottest pole vault shirts on the market! Buy them at http://www.polevaultpower.com/store/0607shirts.php

2. A Neo Vault DVD - Neo Vault 3: The Reckoning is now available. All of these DVDs not only showcase some of the world's top vaulters, they are a great way to get pumped up about the sport. http://www.neovault.com/

3. A Pole Vaulter's Dream - This DVD goes beyond showing the athleticism of the sport, it takes you into the lives and lifestyles of some of America's top vaulters. http://www.neovault.com/pvd.asp

4. A t-shirt from Tom Swan - My favorite is the "Bent" shirt. http://www.tspromo3.com/

5. A t-shirt from In Flight Athletics - These shirts are really high quality and available in a number of color options. http://www.inflightathletics.com/

6. A trip to a pole vault camp - Check out the News and Announcements forum on Pole Vault Power for the latest listings. http://www.polevaultpower.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3

7. A new pole - talk with your coach about the right size, or call Jan Johnson at 888-279-7502 if you are not sure. http://www.vsathletics.com/

8. Beginner to Bubka - this is the best instructional pole vault book that is currently available. Lots of pictures make it easier to understand. http://www.neovault.com/shop_beginner_to_bubka.asp

9. Music by John Ryland - John Ryland is an accomplished collegiate vaulter, and the younger brother of elite vaulter Daniel Ryland. His music is amazing. He doesn't have a web link to buy his CDs, but you can check him out at http://www.myspace.com/johnnyryland and contact him through there.

10. Any of the Sky Systems Videos - These are on VHS and a little old school, but still great to watch, and it looks like the price has come down. http://www.vsathletics.com/product.php?xProd=802&xSec=105
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
9:42 pm
hey everyone!!!
is everyone excited for the season? i know i am, but i have a bit of a problem. i hurdle, pole vault and sprint. i have my first meet of the year on saturday and my events are as follows:
100 hh - 10:00am
pole vault -11:00am
300 h - 11:35am
4x4 - 2:00pm

the thing is, i wanted to do well in pole vault, but i have my 300 hurdles in the middle of it. i kind of want to tell my hurdle coach that maybe i just dont want to do them this meet, but i know he'll be mad at me. its not that i just want to get out it, i just dont want to have to worry about 2 events at once. ive done this in the past but i want to focus more on pole vault this year. i dont know what to do. i know its the first meet of the season and i probably wont do anything spectacular in either, but im still a little torn. anyone ever have the same problem?
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
12:06 pm
College Pole Vaulters
I made a Myspace group for college pole vaulters

Come join if you are in college!
Sunday, September 25th, 2005
2:08 pm
Pole Vault ABC Survey
I made this up... you can view other people's answers on PoleVaultPower.com at http://www.polevaultpower.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6469

A - Adidas anything - yay or nay:
B - Brand of pole you last vaulted on:
C - Coach:
D - Deepest box you have ever used:
E - Essential item at track meets:
F - Free takeoff - can you do it?
G - Grip - chalky, sticky, etc:
H - Highest grip you have ever used successfully:
I - Inches you can vault over your handgrip (over a bar in a meet):
J - Joke:
K - Kids you have convinced to try pole vaulting:
L - Longest run:
M - Mystic poles - hot or not:
N - Name the states and countries you have competed in for pole vaulting:
O - Opinion on high school weight rating:
P - Pole Vaulters Dream - own it?
Q - Quarter inch spikes or shorter?
R - Rituals you perform before you vault:
S - Spike brand you prefer:
T - Tuck and shoot?
U - Under much?
V - Vaulting heroes:
W - Weather you prefer to vault in:
X - X-factor Gatorade or regular?
Y - Year you first competed:
Z - Zippered spikes?
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
12:16 pm
So yeah
I'm doing Cross Country... but i'm mainly using it to get into better shape, most specifically for PV. I've lost, and am going to lose a lot of unwanted weight.

Who else is training before winter?
Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
10:02 pm
Any tips or drills as to getting me to wait a little bit? I have a bad habit of coming out of my vault early...
Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
7:46 pm
Regionals tomorrow...wish me luck!
Monday, May 16th, 2005
12:53 am
random question....any of you college people on facebook???

Thursday, May 12th, 2005
11:23 pm
Grr....a frustrating day! Well...I got on my new pole a couple days ago at practice and was using the bungee at 10'...I mean, a lot of my vaults were crazy cuz I was trying to get used to it. But overall it was okay. Then the past two days I haven't even gotten into the freakin pits. It's making me mad! Any suggestions...I know I'm not slowing down at the end of my run, but for some reason I'll be feeling pretty good but then I just lose power and I fall backwards. It is super frustrating!
9:28 pm
i had my first pole vault practice today! i know the season is almost over for everyone, but i just started now because i was having trouble finding a place to vault (my school doesn't have a track team so i had to go to a club). well i finally found one, and i vaulted for the first time in 10 months! it felt sooooo good, but i practiced horribly. i'm out of pole vault shape. hopefully i'll do better next practice.

my coach's daughter holds the world record for ages 12 and under. she vaulted 3.5 meters (about 11'6'') to break the old record. she's now 14... and absolutely amazing.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
10:35 pm

I PRed TODAY!!! I am so happy, i have been at such a plateau.

my pr this season was 8, my all time pr was 8'6", and i jumped 9 today!

i was totally way over 9'6" today, but theres just some small things i need to work out and hopefully ill p.r. again next week.

i havent had a good meet for a really long time. this makes me really happy.

p.s. does any one know any quick and easy, but healthy wait loss tips? i need to lose 4.5 pounds by next thursday.

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, May 7th, 2005
6:35 pm
shopping cart vault
i thought this video was cool, i wish i was good enough at vaulting to be able to vault from a shopping cart haha
Sunday, May 1st, 2005
7:47 pm
hi everyone i recently started pole vaulting.. ive only been twice and tuesday i plan on first competing in it.. my coach whom has never pole vaulted before he has only been to a clinic had me doing 10 steps.. i dont bend it or anything.. and we had to go to a different school to practice because we dont have the equipment.. solely the two poles we just got like a month ago.. a 125 and a 150 pole.. i weigh like 130 and use the 150.. and the school we practice at.. doesnt have like the bars set up.. so my coach and another person hold the cylinder that the poles were shipped in at a guesstimated height.. and friday i cleared 6 feet.. im a sophmore in high school and it was my first time.. i was wondering if you had any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
9:31 pm
Hi. I go to Michigan State University...and I just stumbled across this. I use to polevault in HS, but didn't follow through into college. My PB is 10'8"...I was wondering if anybody knows if there are clubs or what not to keep jumping. I mean, you move awaw to college...and you can always find a pick of game of basketball if you miss that...But I have yet to see I pit and a few poles lying around for use.

Friday, April 15th, 2005
4:59 pm
A bad day for pole vaulting.

Not only was the wind in my face, but the coach told me that the unlabeled pole I have been vaulting on for years is a 100, not a 130 (even thought they are equal in circumference). He then decides to put me on "the beast" a 130 usc spirit which about 2-4 feet longer than it should be. With the wind in my face (bad), I attempt to vault, but stutter step out and walk onto the mats. I twisted my ankle and got mat burn on my knee. The coach didn't even care.

Oi. Days like these make me want to quit.

ARH! Damn ankles.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
10:10 pm
A coach of mine sent this to me about 4 and a half years ago, when I was trying to make the team at my first university. I didn't make the team, but I never gave up on pole vaulting either.

"Sounds like your going to have some pretty stiff competition to make the vault team.  Whatever happens don't let any setbacks discourage you.  Use them to your advantage.  I've come to realize that the best athletes are those who have to work twice as hard as everyone else just to keep up. The traits you learn trying to keep up will eventually be the catalysts that allows you to surpass the so called naturally gifted athlete.  I have full confidence you will succeed. "
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