We are delighted to be welcoming Pole Vaulter, Kylie Hutson to Altis. Boasting PR’s of 4.70m outdoors and 4.75m indoors, the 26 year old has enjoyed multiple successes; most notably her win at the USA National Championships in 2011 during her first full season as a pro, plus second place finishes both indoors and outdoors in 2013 with vaults of 4.75m and 4.60m respectively. As a collegiate athlete, Hutson also claimed top honors at her final four NCAA championships winning both indoors and outdoors during her junior and senior seasons.
“Kylie has a huge capacity for work, she reminds me of Stacy Dragila when I was working with her” said Coach Greg Hull. “They are both fierce competitors and love the challenge of competition. Kylie is a creature of feelings and when she is comfortable in her environment and having fun her upside is exciting to watch. If she can stay healthy I firmly believe she has the ability to be one of the world’s best.”
We spoke to Kylie to find out more.
Kylie, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Let’s start with some background; what is your home-town?
Terre Haute, IN.
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
Indiana State University – Exercise Science.
What are your PR’s in the Pole Vault?
4.75m (15’7”) indoors, and 4.70m (15’5”) outdoors.
Have you competed in other sports?
Yes – volleyball, diving, gymnastics and Track & Field.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
I have two part time jobs. I’m a Strength and Conditioning coach for Arsenal Soccer Club, and I’m a scanner of medical records at Southwest Spine and Sports. I also like to go exploring the outdoor wonders of Arizona. At home, I like to make cards, scrapbook, and do other crafty projects.
What has been the highlight of your career in Track & Field so far?
Winning USA Nationals in 2011 and being a part of two World Championship teams.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Romantic Comedies are my weakness!
What’s your favorite meal?
Any type of breakfast food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Who is your sporting hero?
Stacy Dragila – she’s an inspiration in the pole vault community and I strive to be as amazing as she is one day.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Believe in your dreams, they are ready and waiting to come true.”
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
Shower, doing hair and make-up while listening to music, double check to make sure I have my uniform on, number, credential, spikes, chalk, and warm clothes or rain gear if needed.
What’s on your playlist if you listen to music before competitions?
I typically listen to hip hop upbeat music to help get me rockin and rollin before the competition!
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to make the Olympic team along with jumping over 4.90m (16’1”). As well as to inspire young athletes to be the best they can be.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
I hope to have a career in a medical field like cardiac rehabilitation or physical therapy. I also want to inspire the youth of America to get moving by coaching youth athletes.
What do you think Track & Field needs to do to build its popularity in N America?
Have shorter meets, more entertainment, advertising, and show more exciting events on TV besides people just running in circles.
What does success look like to you?
Having fun while accomplishing a realistic dream.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
1. The ability to have fun.
2. Being dedicated to what I’m doing in mind, body, and soul.
3. Being surrounded by like-minded people that want similar things.
What motivates you to reach this success?
I want to see just how high I can vault while traveling the world.
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Being in the wrong training environment, not being as mentally strong as I should have been, along with injuries.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
I want to be a part of something that will help me achieve my goals.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
A great group of athletes striving for the same goal … being the best they can be. Plus the therapy.
Is there anything you are dreading?!
Kylie is on Twitter. You can follow her here.