College Pole Vaulter Killed When He Misses Pad

Of all the sports I least identify with, pole vault has to be at the top of the list. I’ve always considered it the most unlikely and baffling of activities, as if someone asked Dr. Seuss to invent a new track event. I’m not sure how one decides to become a pole vaulter, and after this story, I’m even less likely to find out.

A pole vaulter for UC San Diego, 19-year-old Leon Roach, died after missing the landing pad on a practice pole vault attempt at the university’s La Jolla campus on Saturday. Read more…