Our friends at the Louisville Sports Commission are two-for-two this week, to use a swell sports cliche.

Yesterday, LSC officials announced the new Fall Runathon series with forays into the Parklands of Floyds Fork and Cave Hill Cemetery.

Today, they reminded us the 2nd Annual Vault in the Ville is Saturday at Fourth Street Live.

Vault in the Ville will feature 15 competitors – Olympians, national champions, national record holders and local elite jumpers – who will vault for prize money under the lights on a runway and pit constructed at Fourth Street Live for this event.

Spectators will be able to view the competition from street level, as well as from the two walkways above the pit.

New this year will be competition for high school and masters vaulters before the pros, as well as a fun zone with activities and health screenings, according to a news release.

Masters are scheduled to compete from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and high school 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pro competition will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Seven elite male and eight elite female vaulters, including University of Louisville, Indiana University and Ballard High School grads will compete for prize money and to benefit the Louisville Youth Training Center, a non-profit fitness advocacy program.

“These are serious competitors vaulting in a non-traditional location that provides fans an opportunity to see the action up close and from numerous vantage points,” stated Chip Heuser, organizer, St. Xavier High School graduate and elite pole vaulter, in the release.

“The vaulters understand and appreciate that this type of competition helps promote pole vaulting and gives them a chance to go against top level performers. At the same time, we’re hoping to draw attention to youth fitness and the work we do at the Louisville Youth Training Center.”

Vault in the Ville is sanctioned by the International Amateur Athletics Federation and USA Track and Field.

The event is sponsored by Bluegrass Audi, 21C Museum Hotel, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Louisville Sports Commission


• Chip Heuser, Louisville, KY

Graduate of University of Oklahoma

2007 NCAA Division I Runner-Up

Personal Best – 18’1/2″

• Sean Young

Graduate of University of South Florida

Personal record – 18’2 ¾”

• Darren Neidermeyer

Graduate of the University of Wisconsin

3rd at 2007 USA Indoor Championships

Personal best -18’9

• Jeff Coover

4 time All-American at Indiana University

3rd placed USA Indoor 2013

Personal best – 18’2″

• Sam Pribyl

Graduate of the University of South Dakota

NCAA Division II National Champion

Personal best -17’9″

• Michael Seaman

Bardstown, KY native

Graduate of Samford University

NCAA All-American 2010-11-12

Personal best – 17’10 ½”

• Mark Hollis

Graduate of Olivet Nazarene University

2010 USA Outdoor National Champion

2011 USA Indoor National Champion

5th at 2012 US Olympic Trials

Personal best – 18’10”

• Tim Mack – master of ceremonies

Graduate of University of Tennessee

2004 Olympic Gold Medal for US

2002 USA Indoor Champion

1995 NCAA Champion

Cleared 6.01 meters in 2004 (19’7″)

Currently elite pole vault coach

• Jordan Scott

Graduate of the University of Kansas

2010 NCAA Division I National Champion

Dyes hair differently for each competition

Personal best -18’9″


• Becky Holiday

Graduate of the University of Oregon

9th 2012 London Olympics

2nd 2012 US Olympic Trials

2010, 2012 USA Outdoor Runner-up

2003 NCAA Champion

Personal best -15’1″

• Mary Saxer

Graduate of the University of Notre Dame

Top 20 World Ranking

2nd 2012 US Indoor Championships

3rd at US Outdoor Championships

Personal best – 15’2″

• Angela Rummans

Graduate of South Carolina

2012 US Olympic Trials

2013 US Indoor Qualifier

Personal record – 14’2 ½’

• Kat Majester

Former gymnast and cheerleader

Vaulted at Clemson and Georgia

Qualified NCAAs second season vaulting

5th UL Olympic Trials

Atlanta Falcons cheerleader

• Megan Zimlich

Louisville, KY – Ballard HS

State champion pole vaulter

Kentucky HS pole vault record 11’9″

Competes for Arkansas Razorbacks

• Andrea Sabatini

Graduate of University of Louisville

Participant – Big East Championships

Two-time Kentucky HS State Champion

• Vera Neuenswander

Graduate of the University of Indiana

Big 10 Conference record holder

Personal best -14’4″

About the The Louisville Sports Commission The Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create a legacy of economic and social vitality through sports. LSC attracts and hosts sporting events and activities that have a positive economic impact on Louisville, enhance the area’s image as a premier sports destination, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.

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