Thanks everyone. It was a long hot day, but I'm very pleased to have jumped well, achieving a record, at a National Championships. I stuck with my competition plan of attempting 3.50, 3.70, 3.90 then 4.04. Each height was made on my first attempt. I moved through 3 poles ending on a 14' 160 carbon that Dan West loaned me. Videos of my vaults can be downloaded here.
Through some kind of an oversight, USATF didn't post this as a record made in any of their press releases, but that may be corrected. (EDIT
Tom Surber, USATF Media Information Manager, has updated the "News" page
for the day of my competition to include this record.) I was beginning to think there might be a problem with accepting it as a record, but I don't think that will be the case. After all, Wilson (vaultMD) supervised the whole process of measuring and standards setting.
Seriously, what's the count at now? .... Did you remember to wear your helmet this time?
By my count, this is the 10th. And yes, I did wear my helmet for every vault.
Thanks to everyone along the way that has helped me by coaching, taking videos and providing support and encouragement. Hopefully soon I will get a listing up on my website of all these people. My special thanks to Dan West (vaultwest) who over the past several years has been a great coach and friend.