Davis wins AAU Region 16 pole vault title


By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
TULSA – Kyla Davis continues to add “hardware” to her collection.
She now has an AAU regional title to go along with her class 6A state title.
Davis won the 15-16-yer-old age division in the AAU Region 16 pole vault title this past weekend at the University of Tulsa.
It was her third regional title in three years (the past two years were USTAF regionals) and qualified her for the national meet in North Carolina.
Davis cleared 12-feet, six-inches to win the regional title, which included vaulters from Oklahoma and the surrounding states.
“I was excited and always am when I win a meet,” Davis said.” There were a few vaulters that jumped higher but they were not I’m my age group so I was not up against them while I was jumping. And I believe there were four states in this region.
“I felt I did good,” she said. “I was happy with how I jumped and was feeling good throughout the meet.”
Davis entered the competition at 10-6, cleared it easily, then cleared 11-6 and 12-0 before winning with her 12-6 vault.
She tried for 13-feet and had to good vaults at it, nearly clearing the bar.
“I went for 13 and was close,” she said. “But I was okay with how I did.”
It was her third meet of the summer and her third gold medal. She won the Eastside Stepper meet in Bethany and won the AAU District meet in Luther.
“I feel my summer has gone good,” Davis said. “I’m getting lots of practice which always helps. I feel I have improved in some areas of my vault.
“I still go to practices throughout the week with a club I go to,” she said. “I took a little break and went on vacation with my family and I’m glad to be practicing and jumping now.
She would have liked the chance to compete in the nationals, but with it being on the east coast, it wasn’t feasible for her to make the trip.
“North Carolina is far and it would be hard to travel and take poles there for nationals,” Davis said. “It would be fun and exciting to go but I’m okay with not making the trip. I can keep practicing and getting better for next season.”