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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’s best vault. Her PR is 9-feet.

The boys took the pit with ideal weather conditions for a record setting day. The top five vaulters each cleared 10-feet, either matching their PRs or setting new ones. It came down to a battle between Bickleton’s Peter Clinton, who has been on a hot streak with new PRs set on April 21, at 11-6 and April 24, at 11-9, and Nic Venema, who had been unable to get close to his 12-6 PR from last season.

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YES!: Nic Venema set a PR at 12-6 with this jump at the Bowerman Classic in Condon, Saturday.

The competition fell out after clearing 11-feet, but the Pirates made 11-6 with ease. Twelve feet presented more of a challenge, but both boys hit near perfect jumps and were well over the bar. It was a new PR for Clinton who opted to attempt 12-3 while Venema passed to 12-6. Clinton cleared the bar with ease, but 12-6 proved to be a notch too high. Venema made the height on his third try for his new PR. He made three attempts at 12-10, hoping to break the school record of 12-9, set by Patrick Maeder in 2009, but it wasn’t to be this week.

Next up is a preview to the District meet with the Jeff Agar Classic at Glenwood, Friday at 3 p.m.

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