Ohio State track and field hosts the Buckeye Classic at French Field House.
Photos by Jeff Mills
Rob Banhagel begins his first season as volunteer pole vault assistant for the Ohio State men's track and field team.
Prior to Ohio State, Rob coached at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio. While at Gahanna, Rob gained national recognition while working with Jacob Blankenship who, under Rob's guidance, broke meet, school, conference, divisional, regional and state records on his way to being a 2012 OATCCC Indoor State Champion and indoor state record holder, two-time OHSAA State Outdoor Champion and outdoor state record holder, USA Today All-USA Track and Field Member 2011 and 2012, IAAF World Youth Games Bronze Medalist 2011, New Balance Outdoor Champion 2011, New Balance Indoor Champion 2012, All State 2010, 2011 and 2012, All Conference 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and 2012 Midwest Meet of Champions second place finish. Blankenship finalized the 2012 indoor season being ranked No. 3 in the nation with a vault of 5.35m (17-6.50) and finished the 2012 outdoor season ranked No. 3 in the nation with a vault of 5.23m (17-2) and topped the 17 foot barrier fourteen times.
As a student-athlete, Rob competed at Western Michigan University, and at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA where he trained under Jan Johnson, 1972 Olympic Bronze Medalist and former World Record Holder. Rob traveled the U.S. with Jan as an assistant coach for Sky Jumpers Pole Vault Camps. Rob was part of the Cal Poly-Cuesta College Pole Vault surge during the early 90's and held the record at Cuesta College for 7 years with a jump of 16' 8" and is still listed in the top-30 Central Coast All-Time list. His PR is 5.35m (17-6.5) while jumping unattached.
Rob is a native of Ionia, MI.