Saturday February 24, 2018
Written by adele

In a sport that defies gravity, and is performed on equipment that deteriorates in weather, safety is a high priority. While dangers lurk for those running on the track, they are amplified for the daring few who feel a higher calling.

A vocal advocate for pole vault safety, Coach Jose San Miguel recently trained the coaches at the North Carolina Track & Cross Country Coaches Conference.  With an in-depth curricula, Jose instructed high school coaches from North Carolina and Virginia on starting a new athlete, the physics and psyche of the sport, and why a coach should never put an inexperienced vaulter into a meet the day of, just so the team can score points.

One teaching point is that pole vault is an expression of energy.  It is the transmittal of kinetic energy, energy in motioninto the energy needed to overcome gravity – gravitational potential energy.  It takes into consideration the height and mass of the vaulter, and the velocity at which they approach the pit.  It is a scientific equation that Coach solves by saying run fast, grip as tall as you comfortably can while moving the pole past vertical, and jump as high as you can!  The most important factor is one that cannot be measured: determination.  Or, how much does the athlete want it?

Pole vault is not a reactionary sport.   There is no waiting for the pitch or the kick from the backfield.  It is an event of deliberate moves.  The vaulter boldly drives into the box, resolutely swings, thrusts the pole away, and surrenders to the fall.  Pole vault is the athlete, happening.

This event builds young people.  The bar is a daunting physical boundary that is surmounted with simple arithmetic: Proper Coaching + Encouragement + Purposeful Action = Success, the Competitor’s Belief in Self.

Jose coaches other coaches so young athletes can safely  feel limitless.



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Highlights of the Athletes we have coached since 2010…
International Championships
2014 Sofia San Miguel – CAC Juniors – PV 4th Place
2012 Jose San Miguel – CAC Juniors – PV 3rd Place
New Balance Nationals
2017 Brett Parks – PV Outdoors 6th Place
2017 Elise Hall – PV Indoors and Outdoors
2017 Will Stupalski – PV and TJ Indoors and Outdoors
2016 Matt Dillon – PV Outdoors
2016 Carter Mathis – PV Indoors and Outdoors
2015 Sofia San Miguel – PV Indoors
2013 Jose San Miguel – PV Outdoors
2013 Cody Sterrett – 4×200 Outdoors
2012 Harrison Booth – PV Indoors and Outdoors
2012 Jose San Miguel – PV Indoors and Outdoors
2012 Megan Comstock – PV Indoors and Outdoors
USATF National Youth Championships – Medalists
2015 Sofia San Miguel – PV Indoors
2014 Carter Mathis – PV Indoors
2014 Sofia San Miguel – PV Indoors
2014 Megan Comstock – PV Indoors
2013 Jose San Miguel – PV Indoors
2013 Sofia San Miguel – PV Indoors
2011 Jose San Miguel – PV and Decathlon Outdoors
2011 Megan Comstock – PV and Heptathlon Outdoors
USATF National Junior Olympics
2017 Brandon Hodges – Decathlon
2017 Stephan Elliot – Decathlon
2013 Jose San Miguel – PV
2013 Carter Mathis – PV
2013 Sofia San Miguel – PV
USA Olympic Trials
2012 Eric Broadbent – Decathlon
NCHSAA / NCISAA State Champions
2017 Brett Parks – White Oak – Outdoors
2017 Natanya Linares – Parkwood – Outdoors
2017 Christian Sodano – Cary Academy – Outdoors
2017 Wilson Barr – St Davids – Outdoors
2015 Kreager Tabor – Cary Academy – Outdoors
2015 Sofia San Miguel – Gibbons – Indoors (Tied)
2012 Harrison Booth – Broughton – PV – Outdoors
NCHSAA / NCISAA State Championships
2017 Brett Parks – White Oak (I and O)
2017 Doug Scott – Broughton (I and O)
2017 Jacob Hickerson – Chapel Hill (I and O)
2017 Trevor Justice – Jordan PV (I)
2017 Caleb Wright – Jordan PV (I and O)
2017 Christian Sodano – Cary Academy (O)
2017 Tommy Keech – Wakefield PV (I)
2017 Ellis Woodyard – Broughton PV (I)
2017 Loren Troan – Cary Academy (O)
2017 Eddie Sanders – Cary Academy (O)
2017 Matt Lang – Ravenscroft (O)
2017 Wilson Barr – St Davids (O)
2017 Charles Cooley – (O)
2017 Will Stupalski – Fork Union PV (I …

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