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Photo caption: Vaulting pole maker, UST-ESSX, is betting on athlete endorsements to take the company to new heights. Members of Team ESSX are (left to right) Pauls Pujats, Luke Cutts, Kayla Caldwell and Morgann Leleux.

About Team UST-Essx

Team UST-Essx is a community of pro and amateur athletes, sponsored by us, and using UST-Essx Recoil Advanced Vaulting Poles. These athletes work extremely hard and are awesome at what they do, but are also nice. That is precisely why we like them. We know you will like them too!


Sam Kendricks

Aged just 24, Kendricks currently serves as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve and is one of the most talented young athletes in the world. He is the 2014, 2015 and 2016 U.S. Indoor National Champion and 2015, 2016 U.S. National Champion. After setting a personal best outdoors at the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing at 5.92 meters (19 feet 5 inches) earlier this year, he set a new U.S. Olympic Trials record at 5.91 meters (19 feet 4.75 inches). Prior to turning professional, Kendricks competed at the collegiate level jumping for University of Mississippi, where he won the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Championships.

Pauls Pujats

Pauls Pujats, 25, is a Latvian pole vaulter who represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he was a finalist. He holds a personal best at 5.70 meters (18 feet 8 1Ž4 inches), set indoors in 2016. He was a runner-up to at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Pujats was a finalist at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics. He attended the University of Memphis from 2012 to 2015 and competed for the Memphis Tigers team. Pujats is currently in the process of authoring a book on healthy lifestyles.

Luke Cutts

Luke Cutts, 28, is a British pole vaulter with a personal best of 5.83 meters (19 feet 1 1Ž2 inches) set in 2014, which is the British indoor record. He represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. His outdoor best of 5.70 meters puts him third on the all-time British list. He represented Great Britain at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Athletics. After a strong beginning to his indoor season in 2014, Cutts came back from a mid season neck injury to win a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Morgann Leleux

Morgann Leleux, 23, is an American pole vaulter from New Iberia, Louisiana. She is an accomplished collegiate pole vaulter jumping the majority of the time at University of Georgia as an undergraduate, completing her final year of eligibility as a graduate student at the University of Louisiana. Highlights from a decorated amateur career includes finishing fourth at the 2016 Olympic Trials, two-time First Team Outdoor All-American (2014, 2016), 2015 First Team Indoor All-American, 2014 Southeast Conference Indoor Champion, two-time consecutive Southeast Outdoor Champion (2012 and 2013), 2011 Track and Field Athlete of the Year, set the national high school record at 4.32 meters and placed fifth at the 2009 World Junior Championship in Berrasone, Italy.

Ruby Peinado

Ruby Peinado, 19, is a Venezuelan pole vaulter. She represented her country during the 2016 Summer Olympics. She competed at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. She is a seven-time champion and three-time runner up in the sport, mostly competing in South America. Her personal best is 4.60 meters set at Barquisimeto in 2015.

Kayla Caldwell

Ohio born and Ohio raised, Kayla Caldwell, 25, attended Indian Valley High School in Gnadenhutten prior to Hillsdale College, where she earned a degree in Sports Studies and Physical Education. While competing for the Chargers, Kayla was a seven-time All-American, set school records for both the Indoor and Outdoor pole vault, and set the NCAA DII record for the Indoor pole vault. Now training at Bell Athletics in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Caldwell is consistently in pursuit of the podium at events all across the U.S. In July of 2016, she competed in her first Olympic Trials.