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2000 Olympic Champion Nick Hysong leads the coaching staff here at RISEN Performance. He brings years of coaching experience, not just in pole vaulting but in swimming, and volleyball as well. Combine this with his experience from an 18 year long professional career in track and field and you get a coach that understands not only technique, but a lot about the mental aspects it takes to perform well. Risen Performance has been very successful since its founding producing consistent State Champions and also athletes that perform well on the National and World level.

Grant Sisserson is an Arizona State Champion and an Ivy League Conference Champion. He holds both his High School's record of 17' at Horizon, and his collegiate school record of 17' 11" at Cornell University. Grant has since retired his pole vaulting careers, but continues to stay involved through coaching. He brings a wealth of experience, that our young vaulters can learn from.

Cole Riddle began vaulting with us during his high school years. During that time Cole broke a 27 year old state record with a vault of 5.36m (17' 7") and currently still holds the record. He also place 2nd at the U20 Junior National Championships (two years in a row). He continued his vaulting career at Arizona State University during this time he completed an internship working at Risen Performance. He then continued on to the University of Memphis to earn his master's degree. While at Memphis Cole jumped his current Personal Best of 5.64m (18' 6"). He is now back with us coaching and training.

RISEN Performance Pole Vault facility. RISEN Performance Weight Room

We are Located at 10424 N. 38th Street Phoenix Arizona.

It is about 1 mile east of the 51 freeway, Just south of Shea Blvd. Our pole vault and Training facilities are located on a 1.3 acher lot behind our residence.

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Physical Address: 10424 N. 38th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85028

Phone Number: (602) 494-6303

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Welcome to Pole Vault Olympic Champion

Nick Hysong's


A Pole Vault and Sports Performance training and education facility for those who wish to reach their full potential.

Located in Phoenix Arizona, we are currently running monthly programs to help athletes prepare, mature, and excel. Contact us to get started!

We would love to have you come Pole Vault with us!

Please contact us if you would like to join our regularly scheduled practices.

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Additional Annual Programs

Fall Training

If you participate in winter or spring sports the fall is the time to put in the work to improve your athleticism. Each month we train a different system to help you improve. Each system trained helps prepare you to train the next, and the program as a whole is tailored for developing speed. Starting from the beginning and not missing is ideal. Our Fall training program begins in September. For Pole Vaulters this training blends with your needs as a vaulter and prepares you for our pole vaulting sessions. An added benefit is the opportunity allows you to train around Professional Track and Field athletes!

Begins September 2023

For Fall training please contact us to confirm your spot!


Beginning Pole Vaulting

Our Beginning Pole Vault Class is perfect for young kids who got the ich from watching the Olympics, or the athlete who has been interested in trying it out.

Take this opportunity to allow your aspiring athlete the opportunity to try pole vaulting.

These sessions are offered Saturday at 10am during the high school season (Feb.- April).

The course consists of:
Warm-up and Sprint Drills to work on running mechanics
Pole vault drills
Pole vaulting
Long Jumping
Pole vault related tumbling and gymnastics

Please contact us asap to get signed up!


Since 2010 we have produced quite a few accomplished athletes.

Cole Walsh is one of the United States top vaulters. He placed 2nd at the 2018 and 2019 US Outdoor Championship and represented the United States at the 2019 IAAF World Championships where he placed 10th. In 2020 Cole was 3rd at the US Indoor National Championships. Cole began pole vaulting with us as a beginner his freshman year in high school. He finished his Under 20 career with 1st Place and 3rd Place medals from the USA U20 National Championships, and now competes professionally. He is sponsored by UCS/Spirit.

Kortney Ross is also a top vaulter for the US and has a PB of 15' 2 1/4".

Nate Richartz has a Personal Best of 5.75m (18' 10 1/2").

Cole Riddle who vaulted 17' 7" to break Nick Hysong's 27 year old High School State record. In 2018 he continued his success improving above 18 feet and placing 7th at the U20 World Junior Championships. He recently finished competing for Memphis finishing with a Masters Degree and PB of 18' 6".

Katerina Stefanidi who is now an Olympic Champion and World Champion. We worked with Kat for a few years aiding her in transitioning from collegiate to elite level professional athletics.

Augusto Dutra was the Brazilian National Champion in 2017 after spending a portion of the year training here with us. 2018 and 2019 he has continued to improve and is in a strong position for the upcoming world Championships.

Tim Duckworth was a State Champion and is the State Record holder in the Decathlon. He is also now a NCAA Champion and Bristish National Record holder.

Arizona State Champions include:
Alex Bishop
Tim Duckworth
Liz Portanova (3 time)
Athena Masolini (2 time)
Grant Sisserson
John Wenig
Justice Masolini
Trista Smith
Marc Obadia
Eden Henderson (2 Time)
Tim Ellis
James Coons
Madison George

Arizona State Championship Runner-Ups include:
Alex Bishop
Cole Walsh (2 Time)
Cole Riddle
Brian Kennedy
Daisy Zwick
Mira Olden


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Winter/Spring Practices

Morning Practices Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:30am.

Normal club practices are Tuesday/Thursday at 4:30pm during the high school season.

Saturday Sessions are 10am.

Elite Practices are Mon/Wed/Fri at 12:30pm

Please contact us if you would like to join.

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Nick Hysong

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2024 Indoor Season Bests!

Nate Richartz 5.75m 5th @ US Indoor Nationals
Cole Walsh 5.65m
Cole Riddle 5.52m
Jorge Luna 5.52m

Amanda Bower 3.85m
Zaida Uresti 3.75m

High School Athletes
Sam Novack 16' 6" (5.05m)
Kole Hysong 14' 7" (4.45m)
Kadyn Hysong 14' 1" (4.30m)
Seth Paul 13' 5" (4.08m)
Jason Lynn 13' 2" (4.05m)

Mikki Baran 9'

2023 Outdoor Season!

Pan American Games

Jorge Luna Bronze in Santiago 2023
Jorge Luna Wins Bronze with 5.40m

Central American Games

Jorge and Victor, San Salvador
Jorge Luna 1st Place 5.40m, and finishes up with attempts at a Championship Record
Victor Castillero 2nd Place with Season's Best of 5.30m

RISEN Summer Series 2023:

June 30th Competiton

Daisy 5'6"
Kage 5'6"
Gracie 6'6"
Mateo 7'
Bryson 7'6"
Lizzy 7'6"
Mickie 8'6"
Mckenna 9'6"
Kadyn 10'6"
Jason 11'6"
Ammanda 11'6"
Madison 12'
Seth 13'
Luke 13'
Kole 13'6"
Gabe 13'6"
Miseal 14'
Cole 17'6"
Nate 18'

July 21st Competition
Kage 5'9"
Daisy 6'3"
Gracie 6'9"
Lizzy 7'9"
Bryson 8'3"
Carson 8'3"
Mickie 8'9"
Mckenna 9'3"
Lauren 9'9"
Gabby 10'3"
Cloud 10'3"
Ammanda 10'9"
Seth 11'3"
Kadyn 11'9"
Luke 12'9"
Jason 12'9"
Gabe 14'3"
Kole 14'9"
Miseal 15'9"

August 4th Competiton
Daisy 6'
Kage 6'
Gracie 7'
Lizzy 8'
Bryson 8'6"
Aalyah 8'6"
Mickie 9'
Lauren 9'6"
Mckenna 10'
Cloud 10'6"
Ammanda 10'6"
Madison 11'6"
Kadyn 13'
Jason 13'6"
Brain 14'
Gabe 14'6"
Miseal 15'

Next Competition is August 11th!

2023 Indoor Season!

Reno Pole Vault Summit

Cole Walsh 1 Place Men's Elite B Pit 5.51m
Jorge Luna 2 Place Men's Elite B Pit 5.51m
Karlee Fowler 1 Place Women's Open Pit 3.90m

2023 High School Season

We had a small group of high school athletes this year and these are our State Qualifiers for their Division State Championships.

Lauren Allard Division 2
Kian Francis Division 2
Kole Hysong Division 3
Michael Kurschat Division 3
Anna Brown Division 3
Mckenna Rogers Division 5

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Risen Performance Athlete's Medal Count

USA Under 20 National Championships:
Gold: Cole Walsh
Silver: Cole Riddle x 2
Bronze: Cole Walsh, Grant Sisserson

USA National Championships:
Silver: Cole Walsh x2

USA Indoor National Championships:
Bronze: Cole Walsh

Mexican National Championships:
Gold: Jorge Luna x2
Silver: Jorge Luna

Central American Games2023:
Gold: Jorge Luna

Pan American Games 2023:
Bronze: Jorge Luna

Greek National Champion and European Championship Silver Medal Katerina Stefanidi
Brazilian National Champion Augusto Dutra
Solvanian National Champion Andrej Poljanec

Risen's Top Lists

Post Collegiate/Professional Athletes

Nick Hysong 5.90m (19' 4 1/2") 2000 Olympic Gold, 2001 World Championship Bronze
Cole Walsh 5.83m (19' 1 1/2")
Nate Richartz 5.75m (18' 10 1/2")
Audie Wyatt 5.68m (18' 7")
Scott Marshall 5.61m (18' 5")
Jorge Luna 5.60m (18' 4 1/2")
Pau Tonneson 5.55m (18' 2 1/2")
Cole Riddle 5.55m (18' 3/4"), 5.64m @Memphis
Alex Bishop 5.52m (18' 1 1/4")
Grant Sisserson 5.47m (17' 11") Cornell
Chris Pillow
Brandon Glenn 5.40m (17' 8")
Andrej Poljanec 5.30m(17' 4 3/4")
Alec Hsu 5.23m (17' 1 3/4")
Mitch Krier 5.05m (16' 7")
Sam Novak 5.05m
Tim Duckworth 5.01m (16' 5")
Tim Ellis 16' 3"

Katerina Stefanidi 4.77m (15' 7 3/4") 2016 Olympic Gold, 2017 World Championship Gold
Kortney Ross-Oates 4.63m (15'2 1/4")
Natasha Kolbo 4.35m (14' 3 1/4")
Stephanie Richartz 4.31m (14' 1 3/4")
Mandissa Marshall 4.25m (13' 11 1/4")
Karlee Fowler 4.25m (13' 11 1/4")
Chinne Okoronkwo 4.12m (13' 6")
Laura Cain 4.00m (13' 1 1/2")
Madison George 13'
Eden Henderson 13'
Brittany Grasberger 3.85m (12' 7 1/2")
Christy Gasparino 3.81m (12' 6")
Trista Smith 12' 6"
Liz Portanova 12'
Justice Masolini 12'

High School All Time (high school PBs listed)
Cole Riddle 17' 7" (Arizona State Record)
Grant Sisserson 17'
Cole Walsh 16' 10 3/4"
Sam Novak 16' 7"
Tim Duckworth 16' 5"
Alex Bishop 16' 4 3/4"
Tim Ellis 16' 3"
Mark Schillinger 15'
Micheal Beram 15'
Brian Kennedy 15'

Madison George 13'
Eden Henderson 13'
Trista Smith 12' 6"
Liz Portanova 12'
Justice Masolini 12'
Mira Olden 11' 8 "
Athena Masolini 11' 7"
Jenna Fitzgerald 11' 6"
Lily Standley 11' 6"

Our 2019 Outdoor High School List

Tim Ellis 16' 3"
James Coons 14' 7"
Jack Neal 14' 4"
Brian Kennedy 13' 9"
John Rodney 13'

Madison George 13'
Eden Henderson 13'
Mira Olden 11' 8"
Daisy Zwick 11' 1"
Samantha Kunst 9'

Our 2018 Outdoor High School List

Tim Ellis 15' 6"
Micheal Beram 15'
James Coons 14'
John Rodney 13'

Madison George 11' 9"
Eden Henderson 11' 6"
Lily Standley 11' 3"
Hanna Sims 9'10"
Daisy Zswick 9' 9"

Our 2017 Outdoor High School List

Cole Riddle 17' 7" State Record
Alejandro Avila 14' 6"
Marc Obadia 14' 6"
Nick Ryan 14' 6"
Micheal Beram 14'
Nathan Johnson 13' 9"
Micheal Herman 13' 6"

Lily Standley 11' 6"
Katie Evenson 10'
Hanna Simms 9' 9"
Eden Henderson 9'

Historical News

2022 Outdoor

Arizona High School State Championships

Congratulations to our 2022 High School State Qualifiers:

Kaydence Marshall Women's Division 1
Dylan Davis Men's Division 1
Lauren Allard Women's Division 2
Kole Hysong Men's Division 3
Mckenna Roggers Women's Division 4

Mexican National Championships 2022

Jorge Luna 1st Place with 5.30m (17' 4")

Nate Richartz European Competition Series Results

Dessau, Germany 3rd Place with 5.60m (18' 4")
Poznan, Poland 4th Place with 5.31m (17' 5")
Manchester, Great Britain 2nd Place with 5.65m (18' 6")
Hengelo, Netherlands 5th Place with 5.60m (18' 4")
Samorin, Slovokia 3rd Place with 5.70m (18' 8")

Olympia, Greece June 12th

Chula Vista May 28th Competition

Jorge Luna Placed 2nd with a jump of 5.55m(18' 3")
Kortney Oates Won with a season's best of 4.43m(14' 6")
Karlee Fowler 3.80m

Tuscon Elite Throws Competition

We were fortunate enough that USATF added a Men's and Women's Pole Vault to this annual Professional Throws competition. Risen Performance had several athletes that got to compete!

Nate Richartz Placed 3rd with a jump of 5.70m(18' 8")
Jorge Luna Placed 6th with a jump of 5.50m(18')
Audie Wyatt Placed 7th with a jump of 5.35(17' 6")

Kortney Oates Placed 2nd with a jump of 4.30m(14' 1")

Redlands Last Chance

Jorge Luna Won with a jump of 5.50m(18')

Queretaro Mexico

Jorge Luna Won with a season's best of 5.60m(18' 4 1/2")

Doha, Diamond League

Cole Walsh Placed 9th with a jump of 5.41m(17' 9")

St. Vrain Invitational

Kortney Oates Won with a jump of 4.35m(14' 3")


Jorge Luna Placed 3rd with a jump of 5.42m(17' 9")

Drake Relays

Cole Walsh Placed 2nd with a jump of 5.50m(18')
Nate Richartz's Placed 4th with 5.40m (17' 8") clearance

UoA Desert Heat Invitational

Kortney Oates Won the women's comp with 4.25m (14')

Jorge Luna Won the men's comp with 5.40m(17' 8")
Chris Pillow Placed 4th with a jump of 5.20m(17' 1")

ASU Twighlight

Nate Richartz's Won the Men's tying the stadium record 5.70m (18' 8 1/4") clearance

Kortney Oates Won the women's comp with 4.36m (14' 3")

Jorge Luna Placed 4th with a jump of 5.35m(17' 6")
Cole Walsh Placed 5th with a jump of 5.35m(17' 6")
Audie Wyatt Placed 7th with a jump of 5.35m(17' 6")

Mt. Sac Relays begins our 2022 outdoor season.

Cole Walsh Placed 3rd. with a jump of 5.70m(18' 8")

Nate Richartz's Placed 9th place with 5.50m(18')

Kortney Oates Placed 7th with 4.40m(14' 5")

2022 Indoor Season!

With the completion of US Indoor Nationals. Nate Richartz's finishes in 6th place and Kortney Oates and Cole Walsh finish 9th.

Nate Richartz's first trip to Europe yields 5.67m in Modeville France and 5.72m Dortmund Germany. Cole Walsh had a season's best clearing 5.57m in Mondeville and backed it up with a 5.51m performance in Metz France.

On this side of the pond Audie Wyatt put up an Indoor PB of 5.68m and Jorge Luna also put up an Indoor PB topping out at 5.58m in New Mexico. Chinne Okoronkwo also jumped a season's best of 4.12m and had strong attempts at 4.27m. Karlee Fowler finished the season with a new Indoor PB of 4.13m.

UCS Spirit's Pole Vault Summit 2022

Nate Richartz Vaulted a season's best of 5.71m (18' 9") to place 4th in the Elite Division.

Audie Wyatt Vaults a season's best of 5.51m (18') in the Elite Division.

Karlee Fowler Won the Women's Open Pit with a 4.00m vault.

Our Elite Athletes began on January 1st at the Texas Expo.

Kortney Oates won that competition with a 14' vault
Nate Richartz was 2nd in the Elite Men's comp with 18' 5".

The following week in The Florida Keys

Nate Richartz won and set a competition record with 18'5".
Audie Wyatt vaulted 17' 10" for 3rd
Karlee Fowler had her best opener ever with 13' 4" Placing 4th

2021 Outdoor

2021 USA Olympic Trials

We had several athletes who qualified for the USA Olympic Trials.

Kortney Oates PB of 4.63m (15' 2 1/4")
Cole Walsh PB of 5.83m (19' 1 1/2")
Audie Wyatt PB of 5.82m (19' 1")
Nate Richartz PB of 5.75m (18' 10 1/2")

Arizona High School State Champs

Girls D1 State Champs

Mira Olden 2nd Place with 11'6"
Kaydence Marshal Tied for 19th with 9'

Girls D2 State Champs

Lauren Allard 12th with 7'6"

Boy's D1 State Champs

Dylan Davis 6th with 13'6"

Golden Games May 9th Performances

In what can only be described as an interesting weekend, the Golden Games did provide a good Pole Vault competition. Hosting many top vaulters around the world. RISEN athletes stepped up to compete well posting seasons bests.

Nate Richartz 2nd with 5.70m
Audie Wyatt 6th with 5.60m

Kortney Oates 4th with 4.50m

Chula Vista May 2nd Performances

Challenging weather made for an interesting day in Chula Vista. Cold, rain, and a strong sidewinds caused many athletes to retire after warmups. Some showed their courage by fighting through the weather to compete and some rose above all in the tough conditions.

Nate Richartz 1st with 5.60m
Audie Wyatt 2th with 5.40m

Kortney Oates 2nd with 4.40m
Karlee Fowler Win's the Open Division with 4.05m

GCU Invitation April 24th Performances

Karlee Fowler 1st with 4.25m
Stephanie Richartz 2nd with 4.15m

Misael Colon and Eric Cabais both vault new PBs of 4.82m (15' 9 3/4")

April 24th Drake Relays Performances

Cole Walsh 5th with 5.50m
Audie Wyatt 7th with 5.50m
Nate Richartz 8th with 5.35m

Kortney Oates 3rd with 4.50m

April 3rd GCU Antelope Invite

In the women's competition Kortney Oates took home the win with a 4.48m clearance, Stephanie Richartz tied for 3rd with 4.13m, and Karlee Fowler also tied for 3rd with 4.13m

In the Men's competition Misael Colon Tores put up a huge 13" PB finishing with a 4.76m (15' 7") clearance, and Eric Cabais jumped a modest 4.46m (14' 6") vault from a shorter approach.


A few of our athletes decided to start their Outdoor Season early this year, and headed out to California to Jump at Vaulter Magazine's facility. It was a great time and good competition. Old friends, pumped athletes and a crowd excited to see athletes compete set the stage for some nice performances.

Audie Wyatt won the men's competition with 5.66m besting his Team Mate Nate Richartz's Stadium record by a centimeter. This was Audie 2nd competition after returning from a shoulder injury in the winter. Chris Pillow finished with and heater at 5.20m and nice jumps at 5.35m.

In the women's competition Kortney Oates took home the win with a 4.35m clearance, and Stephanie Richartz finished 4th with 4.05m and some big height, but no depth attempts at the next bar.

Karlee Fowler Deserves a paragraph of her own this week. Silly mistakes kept her hovering right at her life time best throughout the indoors, but her persistence and focus finaly got to shine in a big way this weekend. Fowler screamed as she PBed the first time at 4.05m. Then she managed to do it two more times at 4.15m, and at 4.25m finishing the day with a 3rd Place finish and a 10" PB. She jumped this hieght on a 13' 160 Pole and had about a 22" push off the top! Next up for Karlee is a move to 13' 7" poles, and hopefully a bit more push.

2021 Indoor

The last weekend in February brought about our final indoor competitions for 2021

On Friday Kortney Oates put up a season's best of 4.51m to win the Husky Classic, Stephanie Richartz and Karlee Fowler finished with a mark of 4.01m. Audie Wyatt competed to test out his shoulder which was injured earlier in the winter, and he finished with a winning mark of 5.32m.

Across the Atlantic Cole Walsh competed in the All Star Pole Vault in Clairmonte France where he jumped 5.70m.

Earlier in the season Cole Walsh Improves his season's best with a 5.73m in Rouen France, Feb. 6th

Imagine competing in a big competition, hopping in a car and driving to another country over night. Walsh does this for the second time this year. With only 2 hours of sleep he still manages to clear 5.55m an 18' 2 1/2" bar to place 4th in Dortmund Germany on Feb. 7th. He will get some rest the next few days then compete again in Ghent Belgium the 13th of February.

Jan. 31st Kortney Oates Competed in the 2nd American Track League Event placing 4th with 4.45m

Cole Walsh Opens his season Jan. 29th in Karlsruhe Germany with a 3rd Place 5.72m (18' 9") vault.
Jan. 30th Cole Walsh vaults 5.72m again to win the competition in Mondeville France.

A few of our athletes started early competing in the Texas Pole Vault Explosion on January 2nd with their best Openers ever!
Nate Richartz jumped a new Personal Best of 5.75m (18'10 1/2")
Kortney Oates (recently married!) jumped 4.50m (14'9")
Karlee Fowler tied her Personal Best with 4.00m (13' 1 1/2")

Cole Walsh Europe 2020

Cole Walsh Has a short season that was able to be put together through the month of September.

September 2nd in Laussanne Switzerland he took 5th with 5.62m.

September 5th in Austria heavy rain halted the conclusion of the event with Cole having cleared 5.30m.

September 25th Walsh finishes up his 2020 Outdoor season in Doha Qatar, and places 6th with 5.61m.

American Track League August 15th

In Atlanta
Cole Walsh took home 1st Place with an 18' 6" (5.65m) clearance
Nate Richartz finished 2nd in the men's comp with 18' 1/4" (5.50m)
Kortney Ross took home 1st Place with a 14' 10" (5.52m) clearance

The same day in Arizona
Scott Marshall vaults 17' 6" 5.35m to take a 1st Place home
Brian Kennedy jumps his first 15' clearance to end his high school senior summer.

American Track League August 8th

A few of our Elite Athletes have traveled back east for a couple of competiions.

Kortney Ross took home 1st Place with a 14' 10" (4.52m) clearance, and Nate Richartz finished 2nd in the men's comp. with 18' 4 3/4" (5.60m)

Vaulter Magazine August 1st

We had a great time out in Manifee California with the Vaulter Mag Crew.

A close view of the Apple Fire set the scene and catered to some HOT vaulting from Arizona Athletes. Kortney Ross took home 1st Place with a 14' 7" clearance, and Nate Richartz broke his own Stadium Record bringing home 1st Place with a vault of 18' 6 1/2".

Thank you to Vaulter Magazine for stepping up and offering opportunities for vaulters from all over to challenge themselves in competition!

Friday July 24th Competition

We will have one more competition this coming Saturday. Men and Women will compete together.

Saturday July 18th Competition

1st Nate Richartz 18'
2nd Cole Walsh 18'
3rd Grant Sisserson 17'6"
4th Audie Wyatt 17'6"
5th Scott Marshall 17'
6th Brian Kennedy 14'6"
7th 3 way tie: Mateo Coria, Misael Colon Torres, Camron Cruz 14'

1st Taylor Starkey 13'
2nd Sevanna Hanson 12'6"
3rd Madisson George, Tommi Hintnaus 11'6"
5th Averie Brooks 11'
6th Sammantha Kunst 9'6"

Friday July 10th FHF Comp

112 degrees
20 athletes and some strong performances

1st Tray Oates 18' 3"
2nd Scott Marshal 18' 3"
3rd Nate Richartz 18' 3"
4th Cole Walsh, Audie Wyatt 17' 9"
6th Cole Riddle 17' 9"
7th Grant Sisserson 17' 3"
8th Mike Chadwick 15' 3"
9th Brian Kennedy 14' 9"
10th Misael Colon Torres 14' 3"
11th Camron Cruz 13'9"

1st Kortney Ross 14' 3"
2nd Sevanna Hanson 12' 9"
3rd Tommi Hintnaus 12'9"
4th Stephanie Richartz 12' 3"
5th Rebecca Smith 12' 3"
6th Madison George 11'3"
7th Averie Brook 10' 9"
8th Sammantha Kunst 9' 3"

Saturday June 19th-20th RP Competition

1st Tray Oates 18' 3"
2nd Nate Richartz 18' 3"
3rd Grant Sisserson, Cole Walsh 17' 3"
5th Audie Wyatt 17' 3"
6th Chris Pillow 16' 9"

1st Kortney Ross 14' 3"
2nd Stephanie Richartz 12' 9"
3rd Sevanna Hanson 12' 3"
4th Tommi Hintnaus12'3"
5th Averie Brook 11'9" (PB)
6th Madison George 11'3"

Some athletes are still competing from a short approach and performed well.

Saturday June 6th Inter-squad Competition

Some good performances and some pole vaulting fun. Grant Sisserson took the men's competition with 17' 6", and Kortney Ross took the women's with 14'.

Risen Athletes Perform Strong at the US Indoor Nationals

Cole Walsh 3rd with 5.75m (18' 101/2")
Nate Richartz 9th with 5.65m (18' 6 1/2")
Kortney Ross 10th with 4.35m (14' 3")

Cole Walsh in Europe

January 29th - Cole Walsh places 3rd with a vault of 18' 8" in Cottbus, Germany
January 31st - In Karlsruhe, Germany Cole placed 7th Place with 18' 5"
February 4th - Dusseldorf, Germany Walsh finished 8th with 18' 2 1/2".
February 8th - Cole takes 3rd Place with an indoor PB of 19' (5.80m) in Rouen, France
February 19th - Lievin, France After traveling to the US and back for the US Nationals, Cole legs where a bit flat. He managed 7th Place with 5.60m (18' 4 3/4").
February 23rd - All Star Perche Clermont, France - Feeling good again Walsh puts up another 5.80m (19' 1/4").
February 25th - Schechzen, Poland Cole finished 4th with 5.54m (18' 2").

Risen at the NAU Tune Up

Nate Richartz 1st in the men's vault with 5.57m (18' 3 1/2")
Kortney Ross 1st in the women's vault with 4.40m (14' 5")
Kortney also won the 60m dash with 7.40

Risen Athletes at the Arizona Indoor Classic

Kortney Ross season's best 4.50m (14' 9")
Stephanie Richartz season's best 4.30m (14' 1")
Karlee Fowler personal best 4.00m (13' 1 1/2")
Kaydence Marshall personal best 9'

Risen Athletes Perform Strong at the Mountain T's Invite

Kortney Ross wins the Women's comp with 14' 3"
Nate Richartz wins the Men's comp with 18' 2 1/2"

Reno Pole Vault Summit

Cole Walsh places 4th with 18' 5 " and Nate Richartz qualifies for US Indoor Nationals with 18' 1"

2020 Indoor Season Begins

Several of our athletes opened up their seasons since the new year. Cole Walsh and Chris Pillow both qualified for The US National Championships jumping 17' 10" at NAU, and Stephanie Richartz opened her season with a 13' 7" vault.
This week we are heading to Reno Nevada for the UCS/Spirit Pole Vault Summit, we will have a hand full of High School athletes and Several Elite athletes making the trip to compete.

2019 IAAF World Championships

Cole Walsh
Finished up his 2019 season with a strong performance at the 2019 IAAF Outdoor World Championships in Doha Qatar. A first attempt 5.75m (18' 10 1/2") clearance in the prelim automatically qualified him for the Final where he vaulted 5.55m to tie for 10th Place with Brazilian Augusto Dutra.

Cole Walsh enters the 2019 Doha Stadium

Summer 2019

IAAF Diamond League Final Zurich
Cole Walsh Steps up and gets on a new UCS/Spirit Pole, clears a new PB of 5.83m (19' 1 1/2"), and makes the Podium with 3rd Place!

The Diamond League and Cole Walsh's Results
Oslo Bislett Games 3rd 5.81m (19' 1")
Nike Prefontain Classic 5th 5.61m (18' 5")
Lausanne Athletissima 5th 5.71m 18' 9"
Monaco Herculis 9th 5.72m 18' 9"
Zurich WeltKlasse Diamond League FINAL 3rd 5.83m (19' 1 1/2")

4th Quarter of the 2019 Season
As we sit back and relax taking a short break to mentally rest before Fall Training begins, Cole Walsh is still hard at work. This incredibly long season will take him into October for the IAAF World Championships. Still to come are Zurich Diamond League, Berlin World Challenge, USA vs. Europe, a Street Vault in England, then a couple weeks to prepare for worlds.

USA Outdoor National Championships
Cole Walsh Jumps 5.76m (18' 10 3/4") to take 2nd Place, this performance places Cole on USA's 2019 World Championship Team. He will compete later this year at the World Champs in Doha.

The Nike Prefontain Classic
After his 5.81m (19' 1") performance in Olso, Cole Walsh was accepted and competed in his 2nd Diamond League competition of his career. He finished in 5th Place with a 1st attempt clearance at 5.61m (18' 5").

Grand Canyon State Games
Alec Hsu wins the competition and jumps a new Personal Best of 5.23m (17' 1 3/4")

San Diego in June
Last week in San Diego Kortney Ross won the Elite Women's Vault with 14' 7" (4.46m), and Grant Sisserson jumped a Season's Best of 5.41m (17' 9") to place 2nd in the Men's Elite Vault.

Cole Walsh and his first trip to Europe
On June 9th Cole Walsh began a trip that would be his first stent of competitions on the World Athletics Tour. In his first competition (Hengelo, Netherlands) he struggled a bit but managed to clear a bar and place 7th. His next stop was in Oslo Norway for his first Diamond League competition of his career. Cole stepped up here in a big way showing he can compete strong against the best athletes in the world. Cole finished with a new personal best of 19' 1" (5.81m) and placed 3rd beating athletes like Mondo Duplantis which is no easy feat. Less than 24 hours later Cole had a competition in Dessau Germany where he won the competition using borrowed poles, because his did not make his plane flight. He won this competition with a 3rd attempt clearance at 18' 9", and was a star in the meeting. Following that 48 hours later he jump again on borrowed poles to place 5th in Poland. Fatigue and unfamiliar poles got the best of him in Poland 4 meets in one week is a challeng for anyone I think. Cole has one more Competition before he returns home. He finally has his Poles and a few days of rest, check back to see how his final competition of this trip ends.

Spring 2019

Busan Korea Beach Vault
Cole Walsh and Kortney Ross endure long travel and heavy rain to bring home the 1st Place Prizes from this international competition.

2019 Redlands Qualifier
Grant Sisserson wins his 2nd Invitational of the 2019 season, and Madison George wins her 1st post high school competition. Both finished with good attempts at what would have been season bests.

2019 Arizona Meet of Champions

Eden Henderson finishes as Arizona's #1 winning the Meet of Champions Title matching her PB of 13'.

Madison George finished 3rd with 12' 6".

Mira Olden the youngest qualifier finished 8th with 11'.

Tim Ellis finishes as Arizona's #1 in the men's with 15' 6"

James Coons Finished 5th in the Men's with 14' 6"

2019 High School State Championships

Eden Henderson Pole Vaulted a new personal best and school record of 13 feet to win the Division 1 State Championships. Eden is now a two time State Champion.

Madison George Pole Vaulted a new School Record and takes home the Division 3 State Championship with a vault of 13'. Madison finished her evening with attempts at a new Arizona State Record, she also placed 8th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m.

Tim Ellis fought hard against a field of excellent competitors and came out as the Division 1 Champion with a new PB vault of 16' 3".

Jame Coons finishes as the Division 2 State Champ with a vault of 14' 3".

Sophomore Mira Olden Finish 4th in the D1 Pole Vault with a 1st attempt clearance at 11' 6".

Junior Brian Kennedy Pole Vaulted a new School Record and finished 2nd in the D3 State Championship with a PB vault of 13' 9", he looks ready to go much higher.

Junior Daisy Zwick finished 2nd in the Division 3 State Championship with a vault of 11'.

Congratulations to our 2019 State Championship Qualifiers

Tim Ellis 16' 3" D1
James Coons 14' 7" D2
Jack Neal 14' 4" D1
Brian Kennedy 13' 9" D3
John Rodney 13' D2
Misael Colon Torres 12' 7" D2

Madison George 13' D3
Eden Henderson 13' D1
Mira Olden 11' 8" D1
Daisy Zwick 11' 1" D3

2019 Drake Relays
Drake Relays is never a dull competition. A strong field of athletes and unpredictable weather leaves you guessing as to how to prepare. On Wednesday Cole and Kortney competed in the famous mall vault a promotional event for the actual stadium competitions. Both vaulters jumped well Kortney Ross cleared 4.50m (14' 9") and Cole Walsh cleared 5.62m (18' 5 1/2") to place 3rd. Two days later Kortney finished 4th in the Stadium behind Sandy Morris, Jenn Suhr, and Emily Grove.

The men's competition was heated. After warming up outdoors while the temperature dropped about 20 degrees in an hour from an encroaching storm, the meet director moved the event to their indoor facility. Near Freezing temps and rain would have made outdoors a challenge only a few would have overcome. Cole matched his strong outdoor warmup with a strong few jumps to get used to the indoor setup. He then placed 4th with another 5.62m clearance behind Chris Neilsen, Sam Kendricks and Andrew Irwin.

2019 Mt. Sac Relays
Our Elite Athletes opened up their outdoor season. Kortney Ross placed 2nd with 14' 7". Our men swept the competition with Cole Walsh taking first place with an 18 foot jump, Pau Tonneson and Grant Sisserson finished 2nd and 3rd with 17' 1".

2019 North East Valley Championships
Jack Neal wins the Men's Pole Vault with a PB of 14' 4", and James Coons take 2nd with 14'.

2019 South East Valley Championships
James Coons wins the men's Pole Vault with a PB of 14' 7".

2019 Scottsdale District Championships
Eden Henderson vaults 12' 10" setting again a new PB, School and Meet Record.

2019 Al Nelson Invitational
Madison George raises her PB, School Record and sets a new Meet Record with a vault of 12' 9". She also took 3rd in both the 100m and the 200m.

2019 Hohokam Invitational
Eden Henderson further raises her PB, School Record and sets a new Meet Record as well with a vault of 12' 8"

2019 Sun Angel Classic
Tim Ellis wins with a Personal Best pole vault of 16', and James Coons vaults a PB of 14' for 3rd Place.

2019 Acadia Invitational
Madison George breaks her school record with vault of 12' 7"

2019 Kights of Columbus Invitational
Daisy Zwick breaks her school record pole vaulting 11' 1"

2019 Chandler Rotary

Serveral athletes had great performances this year. Tim Ellis topped the Arizona pole vaulters with 15' 6" and was only bested by Colorado Vaulter Max Manson who set a meet record of 17' 1".

In the Ladies competition we had three athletes jump personal bests (PB) and gain their school records (SR). Eden Henderson finished 2nd with 12' 6" PB and SR , Madison George finished 3rd with 12' 6" PB and SR , Daisy Zwick placed 9th with 10' 6" PB and SR, Mira Olden also had a strong showing placing 6th with 11'.

Winter 2019

2019 RISEN Results:

This indoor season we had several Personal Bests

Kortney Ross Lifetime PB 15' 2 1/4"
Madison George Lifetime PB 12' 2"
Eden Henderson Lifetime PB 11' 11"
Mira Olden Lifetime PB 11' 8"
Averie Brook Lifetime PB 11' 5"

Cole Walsh Indoor PB 18' 7"
Tim Ellis Lifetime PB 15' 8"
Brain Kennedy Lifetime PB 13' 6"

US Indoor National Championships
Kortney Ross Places 4th
Cole Walsh Places 5th

NAU Tune up and The Arizona Indoor Classic Highlights
Cole Walsh wins both with jumps of 18' 3" and 18'7"
Nate Richarts 17' 7"
Pau Tonneson 17' 3"
Grant Sisserson 17'
Brian Kennedy New PB 13' 6"
Kortney Ross Wins both with with jumps of 15'
Karlee Fowler 12' 8"
Eden Henderson New PB 11' 11"
Avery Brook New PB 11' 5"

New Mexico's Don Kirby Invitational
Cole Walsh 18' 1 3/4"
Nate Richartz 17' 9 3/4"
Grant Sisserson 17'

Kortney Ross New PB of 15' 2 1/4" (4.63m)

Mountain T's Invitational
Cole Walsh 18' 5 3/4" (5.63m)
Nate Richartz 17' 6 1/2"
Grant Sisserson 17' 1"

Kortney Ross 15' (4.57m)
Madison George New PB 12' 2" (3.72m)

Reno Pole Vault Summit
Nate Richartz 18' 1"
Grant Sisserson 17' 1"
Tim Ellis New PB at 15' 8"

Kortney Ross 14' 7"
Mira Olden New PB at 11' 8"

Summer 2018


July 27th Cole Walsh places third at the Liberty Bridge Pole Vault in South Carolina with a jump of 18' 2".

Competition at Fountain Hills High School We had some good and tough times last weekend. Misael and James stepped up for the day and both jumped personal bests. Misael with a 2 foot improvement finishing with 12' 6", and James with a 9 inch improvement finishing with 14'.

July 8th Cole Walsh wins the Brazilian GP with 5.60m and is set to compete later this month in Sandy Morris's Competition.
Cole Riddle placed 7th at the U20 Junior World Championships.



June 23rd - Cole Walsh Brings home a Bronze Medal from the USA National Championships. This Finishes out the month with an outstanding performance at the Championship. Walsh jumped three personal bests (18' 6", 18' 8" and 18' 10 1/2") in the competition, to set himself in the ranks of the elite. His final mark placed him third in the championship and moved him to 11th on the World List. With a close attempt at 19' 2" Cole Walsh proved that he has more in the tank.

June 15th - Cole Riddle Brings home his second Silver Medal from the USA Junior National Championships, this year he accomplishes the task with no misses and an 18' clearance.

June 9th - Cole Walsh and Cole Riddle take 1st and 2nd at the OTC in San Diego this past weekend (June 9th). Walsh jumped a Personal best of 5.61m (18' 5"), and Cole Riddle set a new Arizona Junior (Under 20) Record at 5.51m (18' 1/4"). Riddle becomes the first Arizona U20 to vault 18'. Both will compete in their respective National Championships later this month.

Tim Duckworth becomes the second man in history to win both the D1 NCAA Indoor Heptathlon and the D1 NCAA Outdoor Decathlon in the same year. Only he and Ashton Eaton have achieved this task. Great Job and Congratulations Tim!



Cole Walsh Clears 5.60 in Mexico CityCole Walsh wins the Mexico City Urban Vault with a new Personal Best of 5.60m (18' 4 3/4").

Cole Walsh and Ana Fonseca in Mexico CityCole Walsh and Ana Fonseca
Mexico City Urban Vault

2018 Arizona Meet of Champions

Tim Eliss 2nd with a new PB at 15' 6"
Micheal Beram 4th with a new PB at 15'

Lily Standely took 3rd Place with 11' 3"
Eden Henderson was 5th with 11' 3"

Congratulations to our 2018 High School State Championship Qualifiers!

Eden Henderson D2 State Champ!
Lily Standely D1 3rd Place
Madison George (DNC sick)
Daisy Zswick D2 7th Place
Hanna Sims D2 10th Place
Micheal Beram D1 3 Place
Tim Eliss D1 6th Place
John Rodney
Jack Neal
James Coons D1 10th Place
Jason Gaglione
Parker Fleming D2 7th Place

2017 USATF Junior National Championships

Cole Riddle places 2nd with a 5.25m vault and earns a spot on the USA Junior Pan American Team! He becomes our 3rd athlete to earn a medal at the USATF Junior National Championships.

Arizona Meet of Champions

After committing to Arizona State University, Cole Riddle, bests his own State Record improving it to 17' 7", and took extremely good attempts at a milestone 18' bar!

We also saw a PB from Nick Ryan at 14' 6"

State Record!!!

Cole Riddle
does what no one could in the last 27 years, taking down the long standing State Record. With a jump of 17' 5". This mark also moves him to the #2 high school rank in the country.


MAY 2017

The Arizona High School season is coming to a close. State Championship are this week. We are looking forward to seeing some great competitions.

We have already seen some good marks this year:

Lilly Standley 11'6" school record
Katie Evenson 10'
Hanna Simms 9' 9" School Record
Eden Henderson 9'

Cole Riddle 17' 7" Arizona State RECORD
Alejandro Avila 14' 6" Ties School Record
Nick Ryan 14' 6" New PB
Micheal Beram 14' New PB
Mark Obadia 14' 6" School Record

Mark Obadia commits to Alabama!
Cole Riddle commits to Arizona State University!

2016 Outdoor Recap

Great news from the Rio Olympic Pole Vault. Katerina Stefanidi, a Greek athlete, who trained with us the three years prior and married Mitch Krier one of our former athlete/coaches. She came to us with a personal best of 14’10”, and is now an Olympic Champion with a personal best of 16’ 1”. With her achievement we now have Two Olympic Golds coming from our family of vaulters. We are very proud of her and Mitch and wish them the best in their future endeavors!

Cole Riddle as a Junior in high school placed 8th in the Pole Vault at the USATF Junior National Championships (athletes under 20 years old) and was one of the youngest in the field. He also vaulted the highest mark by an Arizona High School junior, clearing 16’ 6” winning the Arizona Meet of Champions with that Performance.

Trista Smith after winning the D3 State Championship went on to Vault 12’ 6” to take 2nd at the Arizona Meet of Champions. This mark ranked Trista at #1 on the RISEN Performance History list. Trista has graduated will Vault with GCU in College. We wish her the best of luck!

Elite Vaulter’s Progressions:
We also had a couple of Elite athletes, Alex Bishop and Natasha Kolbo, break into the top 100 World Rankings for the year by improving their consistency and personal bests. Alex finished the year with a new PB or 5.52m (18’ 1 ½”), and Tasha finished with 4.35m (14’ 3 ¼”). Both barely missed qualifying for the Olympic Trials, and will be pushing this year for a chance at the 2017 World Championships!

Arizona State High School Championships 2016
Congratulations to our athletes who qualified for and competed in this years High School State Championships.

Cole Riddle (jr) 2nd Place D1
Mark Obadia (jr) 13th D1
Nick Ryan (jr) 18th D1
Reed Byrnes (jr) 19th D1

Trista Smith (senior)1st Place D3
Lily Standley (soph)2nd Place D4

Spring 2015

2015 High School State Championships

Justice Masolini wins the D2 State Champs and commits to UoA
John Wenig wins the D2 State Champs
Jenna Fitzgerald places 5th in the D1 State Champs and commits to ASU
Joe Ernst Places 3rd in the D1 State Champs and he and his brother Tom will vault for The Air Force Academy

Katerina Stefanidi wins the Mt. Sac Relays and posted a World leading mark of 4.71m
(15' 5 1/2") to win the Drake Relays. Kat was also voted European Female Athlete of the Month for April 2015!

Natasha Kolbo places 2nd at the 1st Olympic Training Center competition of the year with 4.22m (13' 10 1/4").

Justice Masolini broke her High School record twice with 11' 8" and 6 days later 12'. Winning both the Scottsdale City Championships and the NE Valley Championships.

2015 RISEN Indoor

Katerina Stefanidi competed against the best from 49 countries at the
European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. She performed at the top of her game clearing 15' 7" bringing home a Silver Medal.

Our Indoor Season saw several Personal Bests:

Katerina Stefanidi 4.77m (15' 7 3/4")
Brittany Grasberger 3.81m (12' 6")
Joe Ernst 4.57m (15')
John Wenig 4.45m (14' 6")
Tom Ernst 4.28m (14')