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Elite talent makes 10th beach vault a premier event in GH

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

“He helped square things away,” Patterson said, a pole vaulting coach at Rockford High School and Cornerstone University and Aquinas College. “Without him, we might not have had a beach vault that first year.”

Now celebrating their 10th year fielding the popular event in Grand Haven, Patterson said it’s still “a ton of work” to put together, but the Grand Haven Beach Vault has transformed from somewhat of an experiment on the beach into a red-letter date among the Who’s Who in pole vaulting circles. The competition gets underway today with 14-and-under girls and boys at 10 a.m., with elite level vaulters scheduled for their opening attempts around 1 p.m. Saturday.

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