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By Andrew Christiansen

Bickleton asserts its pole vaulting dominance at Bowerman Classic


Andrew Christiansen

HIGH FLYING PIRATES: Bickleton’s top pole vaulters Peter Clinton, left and Nic Venema, right, set new personal records on Saturday in Condon. Venema won the event clearing 12 feet 6 inches and Clinton was second at 12 feet 3 inches. Above, center is their vaulting coach, Chris Venema. Venema is tied for the top performance in class 1B this year, Clinton is third. Teammate Justin Roberts is also in the top 10 and Venema’s sister, Jamie is the leading vaulter in the girls division.

Bickleton’s pole vaulters put on a show at the Bowerman Classic in Condon, Saturday. The meet was kicked off with a dedication of the newly surfaced track with marathoner Alberto Salazar and former University of Oregon runner, Galen Rupp on hand. But it was at the pole vault pit that some of the best battles of the day occurred.

Setting the pace was Jamie Venema, who battled Irrigon’s Jessica Logan and Condon-Wheeler’s Deana Harris. All three girls cleared 8-feet, a new personal record (PR) for the freshman, Harris. At 8-6, Carmona cleared the bar to set her new PR and Venema made the height for the sixth time this year. Carmona failed at 8-8 and Venema had the win for her season’...

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