Saturday February 24, 2018

IMG_9782For the past 3 years, it has been our privilege to coach recent Cary Academy graduate, Carter Mathis.

Extremely athletic, Carter had already met with success in wrestling, basketball, and soccer before attempting track and field as a high school freshman. Carter’s overall challenge was to master pole vault technique and to trust himself.  He persevered through the ups and downs of a vaulter’s career, and this past season qualified for New Balance Nationals. Carter competed in New York in March at the indoor competition, and he will jump next week at outdoor nationals.

Carter has also represented the Chargers in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, the 4 X 200 and 4 X 400 relays, and the long jump. He brought home the silver medal in the pole vault for Cary Academy at the state meet. Additionally, Carter played varsity soccer and competed in several decathlons.

Carter exhibits great leadership skills and and is a true friend to all he encounters. He supports the younger vaulters, and challenges the more experienced to vault higher. When it came time to move Pole Vault Carolina into our new facility, Carter dedicated several days to help Coach set up the pit and move equipment. His service to the club garnered deep gratitude from us and a sense of pride and ownership for himself. When Carter walks in, we know our leader is in the house.

Carter caught the eye of several D1 and D3 coaches, and in the end decided to attend his family’s alma mater, The College of William and Mary.

Carter will be sorely missed!  We wish him every success in pole vault and in life.…

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Becoming More Through Sport

by Adele Correale San Miguel

Published in Vaulter Magazine on January 1, 2016.

Pole Vault Carolina

Pole Vault Carolina

Pole Vault Carolina began 6 years ago at the insistence of a steadfast parent.

Richard Booth needed a coach for his son, then a junior at Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Richard sought out Jose R. San Miguel, who was assisting with track and field practice at another local high school.

But Jose had a day job and only attended practice to make sure his son was properly instructed in the vault. There, he witnessed some brash athletes more focused on showmanship than on respecting the integrity of the sport. He would not coach just anyone.

Richard, however, would not give up.

Jose reluctantly agreed to meet his son. Though he suffered from severe shin splints, seventeen year-old Harrison had committed himself to the pole vault. Furthermore, he was an extremely polite, hardworking athlete, a young man worthy of Jose’s time and attention. They shook hands. Soon after, vaulters from other schools began attending practice and Jose installed a pit and runway in his side yard.

A club and a coach were born.

Pole Vault Carolina is a small club with mighty ambition. There is more to coaching an athlete than getting them over the bar. Young people struggle to believe in themselves and Coach Jose challenges them to deeply desire their personal success. When mental churn causes athletes to falter, he instructs them to fill a journal with affirmations. The intention is to instill an impenetrable mentality of yes, I can.

Something is working.

Cary Academy Senior Carter Mathis

Cary Academy Senior Carter Mathis

Pole Vault Carolina athletes regularly compete on the larger stages. Cary Academy senior Carter Mathis qualified for New Balance Nationals Indoors in his first meet of the current season. Other vaulters who train regularly include Needham Broughton senior Matt Dillon, also in contention to qualify for NBN;  Chapel Hill High’s Dillon Kopec, who will play a key role in the 3A state championships; Panther Creek junior Midori Kirby, a former gymnast, has made great improvements in her form and is expected to exceed 11′ this season; and newcomer Skyler Noble, a freshman high diver from East Chapel Hill shows great promise. Athletes range from Jose’s 8 year-old son, Antonio, to masters’ vaulter Kevin Anderson.

In its 6-year history, Pole Vault Carolina has graduated 75% of its …

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