The annual North American Pole Vault Association (NAVPA) Championships event is making its triumphant return to Old Town Clovis this Friday.
Co-directed by former Fresno State track coach Bob Fraley and his colleague Brian Yokoyama, the event draws hundreds to the streets of Old Town during the Friday Night Farmers Market.
Spectators set up folding chairs on the intersection of Pollasky and Fourth to watch some of the top pole vaulters in the region compete. The action starts around 5 p.m. and runs until about 9:30 p.m.
This year’s competition features seven teams from around California and Arizona made up of college, high school and elite pole vaulters.
Here are the team rosters:
*Brook Tjerrild (Clovis North graduate)
*A.J. Hop (2016 NAIA National Champion)
Elizabeth Funk (Clovis West senior)
Sam Heinrichs (Kingsburg High graduate)
*Tiziana Ruiz (2018 Mexican Championship Runner-Up)
Team Los Angeles
Woodsy McMurray (2018 Arizona State D-II Champion)
Team So Cal Beach Cities
*Christian Mueller (2018 California Community College Champion)
*Jimmy Hsu (Taiwan Junior Record Holder)