TRACK AND FIELD JUMPING EVENTS
Track and Field jumping events consist of
4 events: the high jump, long jump, pole vault and triple jump.
The high jump is an event in which an athlete tries
to propel his/her body over a bar that rests across two upright poles.
The jumper must take off from one foot after an approach from any angle
along a semi circular runway.
Three successive misses eliminates the jumper. The high jumper who
jumps the highest wins.
The Long Jump. Jumpers run along a runway to a wooden
take-off board imbedded in the runway and level with the ground. The edge
of the take-off board nearest the pit is called the take-off line. Any
athlete who oversteps this line forfeits the jump.
Triple Jump. The rules of the triple jump are the
same as for the long jump. The athlete makes a running start along a runway,
hops and lands on the same foot from which she took off. The athlete takes
one step onto the other foot and jumps.
Pole Vault. An athlete carrying a long, flexible
fiberglass pole sprints along a short runway, jams the pole into a sloping
metal box beneath the bar and pushes himself up over the bar. The athlete's
body passes over the bar, legs first and
face down. The pole is pushed away, and the athlete lands in a pit
of foam. Athletes are allowed three vaults at
each height. Three misses at any height eliminates that vaulter.