Buddy Austin

Buddy jumps 13' 1"
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Buddy placed 7th at the State meet Friday, May 2, 2008, in Orlando!
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Buddy took 3rd at the Regional meet.

Buddy took 1st at the District meet April 17, 2008.



Tallahassee Democrat May 2, 2008

Buddy Austin wants Lincoln's pole-vault record
By David S May 2, 2008

In his second meet after returning from breaking his right leg, Buddy Austin confronted disappointment. At a meet in Jacksonville last summer, the Lincoln High School pole vaulter failed to elevate off the ground, never mind clearing the cross bar.

"I was trying too hard," Austin said. "I was really disappointed. I had three attempts, and I didn't clear anything. I didn't want to quit. I knew I needed to practice a little bit and get back to it."

In addition recovering from his Jacksonville performance, Austin needed a new coach. His pole vaulting coach, Kurt Westfall, had died of a stroke in March 2007.

It was nearly a year after Westfall's death that Austin found a good fit in Jacksonville pole vaulting coach Ira Welborn. Welborn had watched Austin struggle at the meet the previous summer, and he's helped Austin improve enough to qualify for today's Class 3A Track and Field Championships in Winter Park.

In his third season as a pole vaulter, Austin is making his first state finals appearance. This season he won the district title and finished third in the regional meet.

"I've been jumping better," Austin said. "My form is better, and he's helped me a lot getting planted right and my jumping."

Austin enters the state meet ranked 11th with a 12-foot, 6-inch qualifying vault. His personal best is 13-1, and he enters the state meet with intentions of breaking the Lincoln High record of 13-6.

"I've seen a lot of improvement," Lincoln boys' track coach Jimmy Everett said. "We are really waiting for him to break out.

"He knows where he stands, and, hopefully, he'll get the butterflies out of the way and get his head right."



*State 3A Track Results*


Lincoln's Hunter Poole placed sixth in the discus (158 feet, 7 inches)
and teammate Buddy Austin was seventh in the pole vault (13 feet) to
give the Trojans five total points and a 36th-place finish.

Boys Pole Vault
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Name................Year School...........Seed...Finals...Points
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1 Egan, Riley.........12 St. Thomas Aquin...15-06.00...16-07.00...5.05m...10
2 Dandridge, Kirk.....12 Lecanto............15-00.00...15-06.00...4.72m...8
3 Vani, Mike..........11 Merritt Island.....14-06.00...14-06.00...4.41m...6
4 Ajexis, Jimmy.......11 Wolfson............13-00.00...14-00.00...4.26m...5
5 Bassett, Brandon....11 Chiles............13-060.00...14-00.00...4.26m...4
6 Hall, Shaun.........12 St. Thomas Aquin..14-00.00...13-06.00...4.11m...3
7 Austin, Buddy..11 Lincoln..12-06.00..13-00.00..3.96m..2
8 Moon, Hunter........10 St. Thomas Aquin...13-00.00...13-00.00...3.96m...1
9 Wiseman, Trent......10 Freedom............14-06.00...13-00.00...3.96m...
10 Pruner, Kyle........9 Newsome.............12-06.00...13-00.00...3.96m...
11 Ort, James..........10 Bellview...........12-00.00...12-06.00...3.81m
12 Baird, Alan.........12 Plant..............12-00.00...12-00.00...3.65m
12 Stowe, Jacob........12 South Lake Grov...12-00.00...12-00.00...3.65m.
14 Taylor, Michael.....11 Ridgeview..........12-06.00...12-00.00...3.65m
-- Buono, Joey.........12 Hudson.............12-00.00 ...NH
-- Fulmer, James.......11 Lakewood Ranch.....12-00.00...NH





State Stats May 2, 2008

Boys

*Pole vault *

7, Buddy Austin (Lincoln) 13

Regional Stats

Boys

*Pole vault *

1, Brandon Bassett (Chiles) 13-6;
3, Buddy Austin (Lincoln) 12-6.


District Stats April 17, 2008

Boys

*Pole vault *

1, Buddy Austin (Linc.) 12-00;

2, Brandon Bassett (Chiles) 11-00;
2, Josh Storbeck (FWB) 11-00;
4, Kyle Cheke (Ruth.) 10-00.