The Cowley College track and field coaching staff is conducting a vault clinic for middle- and high school-aged students from June 30 to July 3 at the Tiger Track and Field facility, 230 Pierce St., just east of City Ball Park.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams both finished in the top 25 during the indoor and outdoor seasons.

In 34 years of coaching the pole vault, Mark Phillips has led 57 NJCAA All-Americans, 11 National champions and two National record-holders, including 2010 National indoor champion Katie Gillmore and 2008 national indoor champion David Starnes, and most recently, 2018 National indoor and outdoor champion Thais Lindemayer Gomes.

Phillips is USA Track & Field Level II certified in the jumps and has worked vault clinics at Kansas University, Wichita State and Johnson County Community College. As a vaulter and a coach, Phillips has been involved with the pole vault for more than 41 years.

The clinic is designed to help beginning and experienced vaulters to learn to vault safely and correctly using technique drills and routines. Participants will be taught proper pole carry, run mechanics and plant timing, as well as take-off and bar clearance. There will be an emphasis on approach, plant and take-off. Pole selection and proper training will be discussed. Video analysis will be used to help participants learn.

Registration cost of the clinic is $200 for non-overnight campers and $400 for overnight campers. Each participant who preregisters will receive a T-shirt.

Registration is available at the Tiger Track and Field Complex between 2:30 and 3 p.m. June 30. Preregistration is encouraged.

For more information or to preregister, email Phillips at or call (620) 307-6703. Registration forms can be found at

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