© 2019 Ferrin Peterson

Pole Vault

Pole vault takes a combination of strength, speed, skill and guts.

High School: As a high school sophomore, Ferrin was undefeated in all her league meets and broke her school's junior varsity pole vault record by a foot and broke the Sierra Foothill League record by 1 foot 3 inches. She also set the pole vault record at the prestigious Thunder Invitational. Eleven years later, all three records still stand.


As a varsity pole vaulter, Ferrin beat her high school's record by 6 inches. Nine years later, no one has come within 18 inches of her mark. Ferrin earned MVP all four years at her high school.


College: At Sacramento City College, Ferrin broke their school record by two feet which still stands today. She was Conference champion, took second place at the California State Meet, and was named 2012 female athlete of the year. Ed Lasquete, former Olympian and pole vault coach for the Olympic development team remarked, "Ferrin has a high pole vault I.Q.," meaning that Ferrin accurately described what she was doing and what steps she needed to take to continue in the competition.


Ferrin transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she competed successfully as a Division 1 pole vaulter.

Current Interests:

Road Cycling

After her track career was complete, the Cal Poly triathlon coach trained Ferrin in the sport of road cycling to add to her fitness regime.

Mixed Martial Arts

A top MMA fighter, Victor Ordonez, began working with Ferrin after her track workouts at Golden Gate Fields. Other exercise riders and jockeys started joining in and currently do training sessions in the jockey room before afternoon races.