Issue 6 Magazine Sport

Underrated Events in Track & Field

With over 125 student-athletes, Track and Field has some of the most athletes of any sport in the school. One of the more undercovered parts of Track and Field at our school is Pole Vaulting.

Pole Vaulting requires tons of technique and requires different equipment. Pole vaulting is obscure even to track and field athletes. “I didn’t know what pole vaulting was until I started, “ said freshmen Madison McClure. This part of Track and Field are also more dangerous than other events. As in other events, injuries may be quite rare, they are far more common pole vaulting. Knee and ankle injuries are common, but if you miss the landing pad a worse injury could occur such as a head injury. “You have to be super brave to go up, it took me a while to get up” said McClure. A jump begins with the pole vaulter sprinting in the runway so they achieve their top speed when they plant the pole into the box. They then have to, in mere seconds, turn their horizontal movement into vertical movement and stretch the pole to make to make it straight and then push themselves off without hitting the bar. Compared to events like the 100 meter-dash or long jump, pole vaulting is much more complicated and cannot easily be done without training.

More undercovered sports in Track and Field are the Shot Put and discus throws. Unlike other events, these two do not have any running involved. They are more based on pure strength and technique, because of this these athletes are bigger than pure, or jumping sprinting athletes. While these events are similar, they still have their differences. In the Shot Put, rather than throwing the ball, it is pushed. If you throw the Shot Put overhand you will tear your shoulder apart. These two events both involve getting into a “power position” before throwing or pushing he discus or ball.