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Three Auburn vaulters invade Trials

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The pole vault pit at the U.S. Olympic Trials will once again have a distinct Auburn flavor. As many as three Auburn-area natives could compete at the Trials, beginning today in Eugene, Ore. First up is Becky Holliday, who grew up in Newcastle. Holliday had the fourth-best qualifying mark this year, clearing 4.57 meters. She will compete in qualifying today and finals are scheduled for Sunday. The top three finishers in each event earn a spot on the Olympic team for the London Games. Bear River High graduate Paul Litchfield is headed to Eugene with high hopes to make his first Olympic squad. He competed at the Trials in 2008, but failed to make it out of qualifying. This year the 31-year-old cleared 5.55 to earn a spot at the Trials. He will compete Monday at 5 p.m. in the qualifying round. Placer graduate Derick Hinch will also vie for a spot on the Olympic team. A sophomore at Arizona State University, Hinch cleared the provisional mark of 5.50 in April to earn a spot at the Trials. Granite Bay graduate Scott Roth (5.60) will join the Placer County contingent, as will Rocklin product Cale Simmons (5.53). The men?s pole vault final will be held June 28. Auburn?s most famous vaulter is Stacy Dragila, who won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women?s pole vaulting at the 200 Olympic Games.