Kris Allison had no idea the pole vault pit he built at home in 2002 would develop into a pipeline of state champions.
But that “side job” has grown into a 7,800-square-foot facility that includes about 200 practice poles and a video system that allows his students to detect their flaws. This week, he has turned his attention to four Austin-area pole vaulters who will compete at this weekend’s UIL state track and field meet.
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NINE AT STATE
New Braunfels-based pole vault guru Kris Allison has nine vaulters competing at state this weekend, including four from the Austin area:
Class 5A – Nicole Summersett, Westlake; Travis Toliver, Hou. Cypress Woods; Calie Spencer, New Braunfels Canyon; Alyssa Gullo, Houston Cypress Woods
Class 4A – Meagan Gray, Hays; Rebekah Pogue, Hays
Class 3A – Kally Long, Wimberley
Class A – Tyler Malcolm, Falls City; Breanna Jorgensen, Comstock
ALLISON’S FORMER CHAMPS
Some of Allison’s more notable former pole vaulters who won state titles:
Jason Colwick (San Marcos): Won the 5A pole vault in 2006 – then later won NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in 2009 for Rice.
Jessica Doyle (Hays): A two-time state champion, she later earned All-Big 12 first-team indoor honors her senior year at Texas.
Ariana Ince (Gonzales): After winning four Class 3A vault titles in high school, Ince won four Conference USA titles for Rice.
Britni Lawrence (Hays): Another two-time state champion for Hays, Lawrence became the first Texas high school girl to clear both 12 feet and 13 feet.
Bobby Most (Laredo United): Won the state pole vault for United in 2001, then won vault titles at the Texas Relays, the Drake Relays and the Big 12 outdoor championships while at Texas State and Texas Tech.
STATE TRACK & FIELD MEET
Friday-Saturday, Mike A. Myers Stadium, $5 students, $10 adults, $25 all-session; $15 Saturday only
Who to watch
Among the athletes to keep an eye on at the state track and field meet
Madie Boreman, Rouse: The freshman sensation qualified for state by winning a pair of individual events at the Class 4A regional meet in San Antonio — the 3,200 and 1,600 meters.
Jordan Menton, New Deal: As a freshman last year, she scored 26 points at state, winning the 1A triple jump, high jump and finishing third in the 100 hurdles. This year she qualified in the triple jump and 200 meters.
Brandon Moore, South Garland: Captured the regional championship in the 800 with a time of 1:52.54 and took second in the 400 meters.
Kolten Morris, Farwell: Qualified for state in two Class 1A events – the 110 hurdles and 300 meters.
Chris Mulverhill, Cedar Park: The 2013 Texas Relays champion in the steeplechase — an event not run in UIL competitions — qualified for state in the 3,200 and 1,600 meters.
Bre’Yana Wash, Dallas Skyline: The Louisville signee advanced to Austin by winning the long jump and anchoring the 400-meter relay team in regionals.