The Madison Bulldogs will have a small army of pole vaulters competing at the Class A State Track and Field competition in Sioux Falls at Howard Wood Field on Friday. In fact, it marked the first time in program history that the Bulldogs will send six pole vaulters to the state meet.
“This year is the best competition for boys and girls for Class A in pole vault from top to bottom,” Devon Bruna, the Madison pole vaulting coach said. “To get six there is huge and an incredible accomplishment.”
Aaron Hawkes, the program’s record holder in the event holds the best mark (15-00), in Class A. Hawkes is looking to become the first Madison Bulldog to win a state title in the event since 2007.
Henry Meyer’s best mark this season is 11-06. Nathan Hasleton’s best mark thus far is 11-03.
“Both Henry and Nathan work hard,” Bruna said. “They really deserve this opportunity. They want to get better and compete. They are very technical. They might not be the fastest on the runway, but they work hard on the technique, which has really helped them explode this year. It’s fun, because they are only sophomores.
On the girls side, sisters, Ella and Sophia Peterreins will be competing with and against each other on Friday. Ella’s best mark this season is 9-06, while Sophia’s best mark is 9-03.
“I think the sister rivalry is a big driver for them,” Bruna said. “They both want to get better. They both want to compete. This is Sophia’s first year pole vaulting. She’s been pushing Ella, which is good for both of them. I’m sure they don’t always like it, but they support each other and have people that support them. It’s fun having those two siblings on the same team and having them go to state. Any day they step on the runway, one of them could beat the other and it could go the other way around the next time out.”
Karstyn Miller’s best mark this season is 7-09. After a slow start to the season, Miller is hitting her stride at the right time.
“Karstyn is such a hard, hard, hard worker,” Bruna said. “It took her a long time to even match her PR from last year. She beat that PR at the Hanson meet. She puts in the work every single day. Pole vaulting can be frustrating at times when you aren’t hitting PRs. She never got upset about any of that. She just kept working. It’s awesome to see all her hard work pay off.”
The Class A girls pole vault competition is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Friday. The Class A boys pole vault competition is slated for Friday at 3 p.m.