Last Saturday, three competitors from Louisiana made the trek to Nevada to take part in the 2022 National Pole Vault Summit. This cross-country journey made for a great competition for these athletes, as they recorded some impressive performances.
Starting off the day was Beau Domingue of Hammond. The LSU commit tied for 8th at the competition with his second-best mark of the season. He faced off against some of the best pole vaulters in the nation and still finished strong with his jump of 15-02.
It should also be made aware that Domingue competed at the Texas Elite Pole Vault Exo Explosion during New Years and tied his indoor personal best early on in the season. He placed 4th at this competition and once again established himself as one of the best pole vaulters in the country.
As of right now, Domingue sits at US #6 for the pole vault and he could very well continue to improve throughout the season.
Ava Riche competing in the triple jump at the Indoor State Meet
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Ava Riche beat out her performance from last week with her jump of 11-10. She placed 19th overall and landed herself at US #54. This was her third-best pole vault effort of all time and it surely speaks bounds to what she may do later on in the season.
Riche's strong suit does not solely lie in the pole vault, she has demonstrated her abilities in the long and triple jump as well. She is one of the best jumpers in both the state and the nation in the triple jump and does not follow too far behind in the long jump. She is a multi-dimensional athlete that is a crucial asset to her team for team competition.
Much like Riche, Rylie Jenkins also recorded her third-best jump of all time. She lept to a height of 11-2 and is set to make an impact at the Indoor State Meet. The junior currently resides at LA #6.
Louisiana's pole vaulting culture continues to run deep as we still see contenders from "The Boot" compete against some of the best athletes in the nation. This is just the beginning of the season and we will still have greater jumps to come for later in the season.