They’ve vaulted in the Olympics and now they are vaulting in Omaha.

This electrifying and family-friendly competition will feature some of the world’s best pole vaulters as they sail to the Omaha skies, aiming for a possible qualification to the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships. An instructional clinic will take place the day before the competition for all students interested in learning the basics. Then, the best high school vaulters in the nation will battle to see which state can come out on top. Finally, watch the Elite athletes do what they do best as they battle it out for victory.

What’s better than dinner and a show? Grab a bite in the Capitol District and watch the downtown streets turn into a pole vault party.


Event Schedule


10:00am - 3:00pm Student Clinic

August 1

11:00am - 1:00pm High School Invitational

6:00pm - 8:00pm Elite Competition

8:00pm - 9:00pm After Party

The Capitol District will play site to the Capitol District Pole Vault event August 2019

The Capitol District will play site to the Capitol District Pole Vault event August 2019



Enjoy the event from the best seats in the house, directly behind the Pole Vault Pit!

VIP Tickets are good for the Elite Competition only. VIP Tent will open at 5:00pm and close at the conclusion of the event. VIP Tickets gain you access to a private bar including two (2) free drink tickets and a taco bar.

Contact Emily Winckler at emily@omahasports.org for more information.


High School Clinic

Cost: $80/person (includes swag bag, T-shirt, and lunch)

Only 50 spots available!

Clinic lead by former American record holder Jeff Hartwig

Interested in securing your spot in the clinic?

Contact Emily Winckler at emily@omahasports.org

All high school ages in the Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas region are welcome. Individuals that have been invited to participate in the Capitol District High School Invitational are also welcome to participate in the clinic. Those participating in the clinic will flow through a 4-stage rotation, a Q&A with Olympians Sam Kendricks and Sandi Morris, and a chat with Children’s Hospital about how to be a top athlete.

The schedule of the clinic is as follows:

9:45am - 10:15am Check-in/Introductions

10:15am - 11:00am Station 1

11:00am - 11:45am Station 2

11:45am - 12:30pm Q&A with 2016 Olympians: Sandi Morris and Sam Kendricks

12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch (provided by Lighthouse Pizza)

1:00pm - 1:45pm Station 3

1:45pm - 2:30pm Station 4

2:30pm - 3:00pm Be a Top Athlete (presented by Children’s Hospital)

*Station topics are subject to change

The stations will be as follows:

  • Warm-Ups and Drills – (led by Trey Oates, Kortney Ross, Lexi Jacobus, & Tori Hoggard)

  • Run Ups and Approaches- (led by Scott Houston, Cole Walsh, Devin King, & Matt Ludwig)

  • Live Vaulting (led by Chase Andresen and Lyon Avila)

  • Recruitment: How to vault beyond High School presented by TJ Pierce, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


FREE but Food!

The Omaha Sports Commission is turning this event into a food drive for Open Door Mission in exchange for an entry into the event. We highly encourage you to bring items to be donated for a great cause. Items looking to be collected include peanut butter, canned meat, cereal, canned fruit, boxed meals (hamburger helper, etc.), and mac n’ cheese. This isn’t your ordinary food drive…..each of the Elite Athletes competing in the Capitol District Pole Vault will have a designated food bin. Place your donated items into the bin for the athlete you think will bring home gold during the event! Want more votes for your favorite athlete, bring MORE FOOD! Help support our food drive and compete with your favorite athlete to fight hunger.

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Annie’s Irish Pub

Epoca Cantina



Capitol District

Atlanta Track Club

Lighthouse Pizza

Congratulations to our 2019 Medalists


Girls HS Division

1st - Lianne Kistler (Washington)

2nd - Josie Puelz (Nebraska)

3rd - Riley Hunt (Ohio)

Boys HS Division

1st - Dalton Shepler (Ohio)

2nd - Tyce Hruza (Nebraska)

3rd - Gabe Bullis (Michigan)

Women Elite

1st - Sandi Morris

2nd - Emily Grove

3rd - Tori Hoggard

Men Elite

1st - Sam Kendricks

2nd - Chris Nilsen

3rd - Matt Ludwig