Yesterday I had the joy of watching my Freshman son run the 400M leg for Saugus High School in the Open DMR (Distance Medley Relay) at the 51st Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High. It’s a world-class event and it was special. It was also special to be able to watch some of the best track & field athletes from all over the United States and a few from other parts of the world. There were national best times set during the meet and as illustrated above, a new state record in the pole vault.

Senior Sondre Guttormsen of Davis Senior High School set a new California state pole vault record with a clearance of 18-2.50. He broke the 1985 record of 18-2 set by San Marcos’ Brandon Richards. It was the also the 5th best pole vault performance ever by a high school athlete. The photo you see above is a combination of multiple photos. I do this, typically, for my children’s friends at track meets. I layer the images in Adobe Photoshop and hand edit each layer to get what I think is the best effect of the motion through the event. I then give the large version of the images to their parents. It brings me joy.

In this case, I don’t know Sondre Guttormsen. I do intend to find someone who does so he can have this photo, however. I don’t think that will be too hard. 🙂


If there are multiple photos in this post, EXIF data is for the featured photo only:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 7 April, 2018
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Focal length: 128mm
  • ISO: 51200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s

5 Comments

  1. Jumped here in 78 and got wupped bad in the High jump! I had moved to california my senior yr and at 5’9″ i had jumped 6’8″……the meet gave me the confidence I needed to jump against the best and at the JO I set a national Record 7’2.25″…..kerry Myers

  2. I don’t care how tall you are/were, 7’2″ is high. 🙂

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