The United States sent three male pole vaulters to the Olympics and two of them had Siouxland ties.
Jeremy Scott is a 1999 graduate of Norfolk High School and was competing in his first Olympics. University of South Dakota graduate and current Coyote assistant coach Derek Miles was competing on the big stage for the third time.
Scott skipped the opening height and then cleared 5.5 meters, which is just over 18 feet. He failed to clear 18'4" and did not advance to the finals.
Scott actually tied six other vaulters who did advance at 18-feet but he was left out because of number of misses.
"It only took 18'4" to make it. Unfortunately it just didn't really go our way today," said Scott. "I felt probably the best I have all season. I've been dealing with a knee injury and today for the first time, really all season, it didn't hurt. There's something with pole vaulting, if you change your timing or change your speed, something like that drastically in one day, you're kind of playing from behind the whole time."
Miles, who has been slowed in recent months by a Achilles injury, did not clear the opening height and failed to qualify for the finals.
Miles was seventh in the 2004 Games in Athens and just missed a medal in '08, finishing fourth in Beijing. He'll turn 40 next month and Miles' medal dreams are over.
"I didn't have one thing go right today," said Miles. "Just not running very well, sore Achilles, timing and rhythm problems. As the career winds down, endings are always bad. If it's a good ending you don't have an end. It's unfortunate. I would have liked to jump higher but you're still at the Olympic Games. It was a great experience."
Even though Miles and Scott did not advance, American Brad Walker did move on to Friday's finals.
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