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Spencer Hopkins (19)

Pole Vault



I am a Senior at Westside Christian High School in Tigard, Oregon. I train with Rick Baggett at Willamette Striders Track Club. I was also fortunate enough to be coached for a period of time by the legendary Alan Launder, Australian Olympic Vaulting coach, when he came to Oregon.

I took 3rd in my flight and tied for 17th overall at Junior Olympic Nationals. I won first place at the Junior Olympics Oregon State meet with a 14 foot vault. In May, I placed second at the 3A State meet with a mark of 13'06.25" which was also a school record for Westside. I believe I am on track to clear 15 feet by the end of my Senior year, but my stretch goal is 16 feet.

Outside of vaulting, I love longboarding, cars, music, painting and just spending time with friends and family. I am honored to be a member of the Westside Choir which has won state 10 years in a row. I also really love all things Harry Potter. This year in my art class, I painted a portrait of Alan Rickman as Snape from the Harry Potter movies. Coincidentally, Rickman died the day after I finished his portrait. I have to admit that one of the reasons I loved going to National JO's is because I took a side trip to Harry Potter World with my older sisters.

It's also important to me to give back to the community some of the gifts that God has blessed me with. One of those is a gift of comforting the elderly, especially those who are nearing their time of passing, and I enjoy spending time being with and learning from them. I've also worked in the community gardens in my hometown preparing vacant lots for people to come and grow their own food.

Born 1998 (age 19)
Coach Rick Baggett
Club Willamette Striders Track Club

Personal bests

Pole vault

Personal best

Competition results

Pole vault

Turkey Vault 2. 4.4196 m Oregon City Nov. 2016
Junior Olympics National Meet 17. 4.25 m Sacramento, CA July 2016
Willamette Striders Club Meet 3. 4.36 m Oregon City July 2016
Junior Olympics Regional Meet 3. 4.3 m Seattle, WA July 2016
Tacoma Freedom Fair Beach Vault 1. 4.29 m Tacoma, WA July 2016
Junior Olympics Oregon State Meet 1. 4.27 m Jesuit High School June 2016
OSAA 3A State Championships 2. 4.12 m Hayward Field, University of Oregon May 2016
3A-2 WVL District Championships 1. 3.96 m Dayton High School May 2016
King's Invitational 2. 3.96 m King's High School April 2016
National Pole Vault Summit 1. 4.11 m Reno, Nevada Jan. 2016
USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic Championships 5. 3.68 m Linfield College June 2015
Lakeridge @ Newberg 1. 3.73 m Newberg High School April 2015
State Games of Oregon 1. 3.35 m Mt. Hood Community College June 2014
UW HS Invitational 1. 2.89 m Dempsey Indoor/University of Washington, Seattle Feb. 2014
Portland Track Festival - BAC Youth Meet 2. 2.59 m Liberty High School June 2013