Expo Explosion Marks the Beginning of the 2018 Season

In traditional style, the annual Expo Explosion marks the beginning of the track and field season. Expo Explosion IX featured a record-setting 290 vaulters, from ages 8 to 78. Yes, the ageless Don Isett - age 78 - cleared 9' 2" to win the 75-79 age group. Don ran the 400 for Clyde Littlefield at the University of Texas and didn't take up vaulting until age 66!

Other winners on the day include:

Jake Wooten - Elite Pro Open Men - 17-8

Annie Johnigan - Elite Pro Open Women - 4.40m

Bob Crites - Masters Men - 10-8 ages 60-64

Larry Bonnett - Masters Men - 8-8 ages 65-69

Jorge Contreras - Masters Men - 6-8 - ages 70-74

Don Isett - Masters Men - 9-2 - ages 75-79

Wes Barnhart - Masters Men II - 11-10 - ages 45-49

Flay Deats - Masters Men II - 12-4 - ages 50-54

George Barber - Masters Men II - 12-4 - ages 55-59

Donald Curry - Masters Men II - 11-10 - ages 60-64

Jennifer Young - Masters Women - 9-10 - ages 30-34

Cyndi Slovak-Barton - Masters Women - 5-4 - ages 55-59

Jane E. Hemby - Masters Women - 6-4 - ages 65-69

Kevin Swindells - Future Elite Boys (Beginners) - 9-4

John Mann - Future Elite Boys (Beginners) - 10-9

Cayla Bullard - Future Elite Girls (Beginners) - 9-4

Drew Henson - Intermediate Boys - 11-10

Kristen Masucci - Intermediate Girls - 11-0

KC Lightfoot and Branson Ellis - Elite High School Boys - 16-10

Makenzie Hayward - Elite High School Girls - 13-2

Kyle Stifflemire - High School Boys Group 1 - 15-2

Tyler Rittiman - High School Boys Group 2 - 14-4

Ethan Hesson - High School Boys Group 3 - 13-8

Gabe Gilfillan - High School Boys Group 4 - 13-10

Deja Wills - High School Girls Group 1 - 11-8

Abigail Craig - High School Girls Group 2 - 11-4

Tysen Townsend - High School Girls Group 3 - 11-1

Abeni Kratzmeyer - High School Girls Group 4 - 9-6

Hunter Krc - Open Men - 14-2

Carson Dingler - Open Women - 14-8

Next year's slate is a possible two-day event. We'll update as we know more.

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