Athletes to Compete in Key West's Pole Vault in Paradise

On Saturday, January 7th, the annual Pole Vault in Paradise competition will take place at Higgs Beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Key West. Various athletes, ranging from teens to seniors, including American and international champions, will be testing their strength and stamina in the all-day open-air challenge sanctioned by USA Track and Field. Spectators will be able to witness top competitors like Deia Goff, a silver medalist at the 2022 World Masters Athletics Championships, Tray Oates, a 2016 Olympic Games alternate and four-time U.S. championships qualifier, Jorge Luna Estes, a multiple-time Mexican national champion, and Scott Houston, a 2018 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships winner and world-ranked vaulter, vie for prizes and personal best vaults in several categories. Pre-competition activities begin Friday, January 6th, with an open practice for athletes and final registration, followed by an 8-10 a.m. pancake breakfast on Saturday. Prize money is up for grabs for first- through third-place finishers in the open men's and women's divisions, as well as any men and women who break the island records. Registration is still open for this high-energy competition, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Key West Track & Field Club. For more information, visit