LA CROSSE, Wis. — Daring athletes in red, white and blue soared to new heights at the 7th Annual River Vault, held July 3-4.
A rubberized pole-vault runway and landing pad were mounted on a 125-foot by 50-foot barge moored to the river bank. The crowd went bonkers as nearly 80 athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin soared above the river.
“What an amazing weekend!” said event organizer Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sales at La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We had incredible competition, high energy, and great costumes. The vaulters rang the bell 24 times to celebrate their personal bests!”
Also cheering the competitors, in spirit, was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. In what has become a River Vault tradition, copies of the inspiring novel were awarded to winners in each category.
“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. “Kudos to Jeremiah and his crew for putting on another great show.”
Sponsored by the La Crosse Track Club, the event was just one of many scheduled for Riverfest, which ran from July 1-4. A fireworks display concluded the Independence Day weekend’s festivities.
Best-Dressed Vaulter Adrianna (Andy) Jacobs won the Youth Female Division at 13-0.
Esther Jandrich was a Best Dressed Vaulter in the College/Open Female Division.
Garrett Carlson was Best Dressed Vaulter in the College/Open Men’s Division.
James Moeller, 53, was the Male Masters Champion, clearing 11-6.
“A huge thank-you goes to all of our sponsors, without them this event would not be possible,” Burish added. “Special thanks to Fuzion Athletics who donated a patriotic pole vault bag and a new ESSX pole-vault pole.”
Full results are posted online at the River Vault website.
Event photos by La Crosse Track Club President, Dan Schraith, are free to download.
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