UNM Track & Field Announces Dates For 2003 Pole Vault Camp
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/11/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 11, 2003

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico assistant track & field coach Scott Steffan will conduct his first annual pole vault camp on Dec. 19 and 20 at the UNM Indoor Pole Vault Facility in Southwest Albuquerque. The cost is $65 for both days and the camp is open to all athletes 10 years old and up. The camp runs from 5 - 9 p.m. on Friday the 19th and from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday the 20th. Payment will be collected at the door.

Steffan is entering his fourth season as assistant track and field coach at New Mexico under Matt Henry and 13th year of collegiate coaching overall. Steffan was an all-Western Athletic Conference decathlete, competing for the Lobos from 1986-91 before starting his coaching career at the University of Virginia.

He also coached All-Americans in the pole vault at Wichita State University, including 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials competitor Nikki Plant. In each of his three seasons at WSU, Steffan's athletes finished first, second and third in the women's pole vault at the Missouri Valley Conference meet.

Steffan was a teammate of New Mexico's greatest pole vaulter, Simon Arkell, who was a three-time All-American and six-time WAC champion from 1987-91, and has worked to revitalize the Lobo pole vault group since returning to Albuquerque. Three years after taking over a unit which had just one vaulter, Steffan instructed 14 athletes in the pole vault in 2003, including 2002 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Bridgid Isworth and two-time National Junior College champion Branden Bennett.

Isworth went on to capture the 2003 MWC indoor pole vault title and then became the first UNM woman ever selected for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet, where she finished tied for 12th. The MWC runner-up outdoors, Isworth shattered both UNM indoor and outdoor pole vault records last spring. Steffan also coached true freshman Chris Ashcraft to an eighth place finish at the MWC meet and a subsequent berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship field.

Campers will be asked to bring the following equipment:

Poles (if possible - UNM will supply poles as well)



Lunch for Saturday

Contact Scott Steffan by December 17 for camp registration. phone: (505) 925-5738 email: ssteffan@aol.com

Friday, Dec. 19

5 p.m. - Camp Starts

9 p.m. - Camp Ends

Saturday, Dec. 20

9 a.m. - Camp Starts

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Afternoon Session Begins

5 p.m. - Competitions