Jake Arnold to compete in exhibition at All-City track meet

Posted by: Staff Writer Eric Branch

Professional decathlete Jake Arnold, an alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, will appear at the Santa Rosa All-City track and field meet at Santa Rosa High on Friday night and compete in an exhibition pole vault.

Arnold, 25, the two-time defending U.S. indoor champion who attended Maria Carrillo, will attempt to set the record for the highest pole vault in the Redwood Empire. The record of 16 feet, 6 inches is held by Tim McDonald and Brett Hyatt. McDonald went 16-6 while competing at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1978 and Hyatt, who will attend Friday’s meet, hit the mark at SRJC in 1981. Arnold’s personal-best in the pole vault is 17-5.

The exhibition, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., is the brainchild of Maria Carrillo assistant track coach Greg Fogg, a track enthusiast who competed at the University of Alabama and is the co-owner of Heart & Sole Sports in Santa Rosa. Arnold will sign autographs before and after the exhibition and will also appear at Heart & Sole from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.

Fogg also arranged for former Mongtomery High star Matt Tillinghast to compete with Arnold. Tillinghast, who owns the All-City pole vault record of 14-6, also has the second-best high school mark in Empire history at 15-7.

Arnold, a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Arizona who is training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, will leave for Europe on May 5 and compete at the Multistars Decathlon in Desenzano, Italy from May 9-10.

The All-City meet will begin with field events at 5 p.m. Running events will start at 6:30 p.m.