On Saturday June 30th at the Diamond League competition in Paris, France, Sam Kendricks won an outstanding competition. He not only won but walked away with a new world leading mark of 5.96m (19' 6 1/2"). Kendricks was able to defeat high school phenom, Mondo Duplantis and world record holder, Renauld Lavillenie. Fellow Team ESSX member Pawel Wojchiechowski of Poland finished 7th with a jump of 5.70m (18' 8 1/4"). All of us at Team ESSX congratulate Sam and are proud to have him trust ESSX Pole Vault Pole's.
One of the newest members of Team ESSX, Pawel Wojciechowski, just completed an impressive week of competition. The 2013 World Champion recently made the switch to ESSX and had four major performances:
May 25th - 5.56" (18'3) for 4th place at the Prefontaine Diamond League in Eugene, OR
May 29th - 5.75" (18'10)for 2nd place at the Bydgoszcz European Athletics Festivalin Poland
May 31st - 5.78" (18' 11" 3/4) for 2nd place at The Rome Diamond League meet
June 2nd - 5.81" (19' 1/2") his season's best in Sopot, Poland
UST-ESSX's own 2012 Olympian, Jeremy Scott commented on Pawel's recent week of competition:
When you look at any of the individual pieces of this week by themselves, any of it is pretty impressive. But when you factor in that the poles are still new to him, every meet he jumped higher, the small window for recovery between the meets, plus all of the travel - including Trans-Atlantic - you just know he is ready to go. I am really excited to have him on our team, because this just looks like he is setting up to have a big, big year.
We are proud to have Pawel as a new athlete on Team ESSX! You can continue to follow Pawel's progression and success by following him on Instagram @wojciechowski_p and all of TeamESSX @teamessx
Congratulations to Sam Kendricks who won the 2018 Prefontaine Diamond League meet in Eugene, OR this past Friday. Sam jumped 5.81 (19’ ¾”) to take first place in a field that included the reigning Olympic Champion (Thiago Braz) and five former world champions (S. Kendricks, USA; P. Wojciechowski, POL; S. Barber, CAN; R. Holdzeppe, DEU; R. Lavillenie, FRA), including the world record holder. This marks the second year in a row that Kendricks has won the Prefontaine Classic.
One of the newest members of Team ESSX, 2013 World Champion Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland, finished the competition in 4th with a season’s best jump of 5.56 (18’3”).
Over the weekend UST-ESSX Pole Vaulting Poles took the top three spots in the Men's Pole Vault at Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Sam Kendricks led all competitors with a new Drake Relays Record of 5.83m (19'1 1/4"). the former relay's record was held by world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France.
The Drake Relays was the first outdoor meet of 2018 for Kendricks and marks a very strong start to follow up his 2017 World Championship season. Scott Houston, a member of the U.S. World Indoor Championship Team, finished in third with a jump of 5.7m (18' 8 1/4").
Just four short weeks ago UST-ESSX Athlete Sam Kendricks was in Birmingham at the IAAF 2018 World Indoor Championships, ready to meet the challenges and competition that faced him.
This was a competitive meet for all of the Men’s Pole Vault but Sam undoubtedly faced the competition head on and cleared 5.85M winning the Silver Medal. Sam demonstrates the highest example of sportsmanship and at the same time, he is a force to be reckoned with.
After winning the Silver medal in one interview he said “I am ecstatic with Silver. Every time cannot be your day to win but you can try to be at your most competitive and that’s what I aimed to do and I aim to be.”
Our very own VP of Development and Engineering Don Rahrig was able to attend the event. "Watching Sam compete at the world championships in person was such a treat. He is such a fierce competitor, but at the same time, encouraging to all of those in the competition. We at ESSX are so proud to have such a great athlete, and an even better role model, using our poles."
We are proud and honored to have Sam Kendricks trust ESSX High Performance Vaulting Poles, he is a wonderful ambassador and role model for the sport of Vaulting. We look forward to supporting him in all of his successes this 2018 Season.
Valentin Lavillenie of Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, France is the most recent addition to #TeamESSX! Since 2013, Valentin has been a member of the World Championship Team for France at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia and the 2017 World Championships in London, England. Valentin's personal bests are 5.71m outdoors and 5.80m indoors. He currently trains in Monaco with his coach, Sebastien Reisdorffer.
It's official, Emily Grove is the newest member of #TeamESSX! Emily enjoyed her most successful season yet, finishing as an All-American for the University of South Dakota, setting a new PR of 4.60m/15'1", and earning a spot on the 2017 World Championship Team representing Team USA. Welcome Emily!
Our 2017 season has been one of many PR's. Team USA member Sam Kendricks set a new PR of 6.00m / 19'8.25" and won the 2017 IAAF Championships, the USA Championships, and the Diamond League Trophy; all on ESSX Poles. His 6.00m clearance is the highest ever on ESSX poles.
Robeilys "Ruby" Peinado also had a lot of success; she won the Bronze at the 2017 IAAF World Championships and cleared a new PR and National Record of 4.60m / 15'1".
Fellow Team ESSX members Emily Grove (4.60m / 15'-1") and Morgann Leleux (4.65m / 15'3") also set new PRs this season. Emily placed third at the USA Championships and represented Team USA at the World Championships and Morgann placed fourth and was the Team USA Alternate for the World Championships.
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