Babits Equals Night Flight Record

Night Flight gave fans a chance to almost touch the athletes as they vaulted on 19 May 2017.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Night Flight gave fans a chance to almost touch the athletes as they vaulted on 19 May 2017.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

(WINDSOR, ON) – High altitude pole vaulter Max Babits tied his last year’s record-setting vault of 5.15 metres to reign supreme at Friday’s Night Flight. Organized by the University of Windsor Athletics, as it has for the past three years, a strip of Ouellette Avenue between Park Street and University Avenue was closed off to bring pole vaulting closer to the people.

The runway was lined with tense fans, some ready to hold their breaths in the last few seconds, as the vaulters reached dizzying heights while wondering if they could defy gravity and exceed the height of the bar. Many didn’t but, that is pole vaulting, a sport of split metres.

In the men’s competition, University of Windsor vaulters took on ever higher heights until the 5.15 metre mark. It was exactly were Babits, the former Eastern Michigan University star, wanted to be and he didn’t disappoint.

Max Babits literally warms up while waiting for his first official run during Night Flight on 19 May 2017.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Max Babits literally warms up while waiting for his first official run during Night Flight on 19 May 2017.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

For 12 years Babits, of Howell, MI, has polished his skill with considerable success and, if nothing else, has proven practice makes perfect by achieving a personal best of 5.60. The affable high jumper was in a class by himself, well ahead of second place finisher Jason Wurster at 5.00 and third place Taylor Stewart at 4.85.

Kristen Hixson and Alysha Newman took top spot in the women’s session. Both jumped 4.47 metres, well beyond last year’s top vaulter Robin Bone at 4.05.

Max Babits soars in a practice run before going on to win Night Flight on 19 May 2017.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Max Babits soars in a practice run before going on to win Night Flight on 19 May 2017.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

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After initially succeeding as a broadcast journalist and achieving senior level assignments, Robert branched out into marketing communications. As a senior executive, primarily in the high-tech industry, Robert created award-winning and comprehensive, multi-faceted initiatives to enhance sales and expand market awareness for some of the largest companies in their fields. Email Robert Tuomi