Trevor Lucking and Brett Stricker, Hastings High School seniors next year, both competed in the pole vault at the Minnesota Junior Olympics June 19 in Eagan. Lucking advanced with a personal record of 13' to the Region 8 Junior Olympics to be held at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, July 8 through July 11. A top three placing will qualify him for the National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, Calif.
James Harper joined Lucking and Stricker June 26, pole vaulting in Rochester at the Star of the North Games. Lucking and Stricker finished first and second in their age group to qualify for the State Games of America in San Diego, Calif., in 2011. Harper finished short of qualifying this year but still can gain a berth at next year's Star of the North Games.
Prior to the Star of the North Games, Lucking and Stricker completed an intense four-day pole vault camp at NDSU. Stevie Keller, associate head coach at NDSU and an Olympic trials decathlon competitor, and Shawn Francis, assistant NDSU pole vault coach, 2004 HHS graduate and fifth-place vaulter at the U.S.A. Track and Field National Championship this year.