Runner-up Jordan Scott clears the bar in the innagural Street Pole Vault event in Lawrence, KS.
Runner-up Jordan Scott clears the bar in the innagural Street Pole Vault event in Lawrence, KS.

Runner-up Jordan Scott clears the bar in the inaugural Street Pole Vault event in Lawrence, KS.

A part of the 89th annual Kansas Relays, the inaugural Street Pole Vault hosted over a half dozen of the world’s best self-launching athletes to the delight over a thousand spectators. This included current resident and KU alum Jordan Scott, who was obviously the crowd favorite.

Pole vaulters get a long running start before vaulting themselves in the air.

Vaulters get a long running start before vaulting themselves in the air.


Pole vaulter makes a face that looks like his mouth is full of air while launching into the air.

Some of the faces made during this event were priceless.

Akin to the Kansas Relay’s Downtown Shot Put, which is held at an intersection of the downtown district in Lawrence, KS, the pole vaulting event took place in a large parking lot on the west side of town, in front of the popular eatery The Salty Iguana.

Three pole-vault participants watch on as a vaulter clears the pole.

Three participants watch on as a vaulter clears the pole.

I do not know much about track and field, and this was my first experience with pole vaulting, but it was easy to follow. Each participant got three attempts at each height, non-successively. Make it and move on. Each successful vault also netted them a cash payout, based on the height.

A fiberglass pole waits on the runway for the next vaulter.

A fiberglass pole waits on the runway for the next vaulter.

A decent crowd of roughly 1000 people gathered for the first in hopefully a permanent fixture to the Kansas Relays. I’ve read that street vaulting is popular in Europe and I think it’s a really cool thing to add to Lawrence’s unique blend of outdoor events.

Runner up Jordan Scott clears the bar and begins his decent.

Runner up Jordan Scott clears the bar and begins his decent.


Successful pole vault attempt.

Three image stitch of a successful vault.

As I previously mentioned, the crowd favorite was hometown resident and former Jayhawk pole vaulter Jordan Scott. He is a 2011 grad and a native of Watkinsville, GA. He is known to compete with unique hair styles and on this day he did not disappoint. Scott finished Lawrence’s first Street Pole Vault event in second place, along with three others.

Hometown participant Jordan Scott looks to the skies after a successful vault.

Hometown participant Jordan Scott looks to the skies after a successful vault.

All images in this post were shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with a Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 lens or a Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 via the Neewer MD-NEX adapter. Some images stabilized using the MeFoto Roadtrip tripod.

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