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River Vault attracts "potential olympians" to Riverfest

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The 5th Annual River Vault Competition on Friday featured what founder Jeremiah Burish called “up and coming” pole vaulters.

Pole vaulters, such as Shawn Francis (2nd at U.S.A. Indoor Championships), Peter Geraghty, and Mick Viken, were in La Crosse on Friday competing in the River Vault. According to Burish, Francis, Geraghty, and Viken will be vying for spots in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Friday's River Vault competition, founded by Burish while he was a pole vaulter at UW-La Crosse, also featured roughly 60 pole vaulters from local high schools and colleges.

“It's so much fun, all you want to do is pole vault, especially when you get a chance to get in a fun atmosphere like this in a beautiful location. It's a fun competition versus like a college or a high school meet where it's always real serious. People want to come out and they want to enjoy stuff like this because it's not something they can do all the time,” Burish said.

Burish said winners at the high school, college, and elite levels will receive trophies—and earn bragging rights for the next year.

“This is an awesome setting. You got the river right here, it's a fun atmosphere. You bleed it when you partake in the pole vault. It's your life,” Burish said.

All proceeds from the competition go towards the La Crosse Track Club, which helps their youth athletic program buy new jerseys, and build their traveling funds.


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