Custer High School graduate Ian Tullberg recently competed in the pole vault at the Mid-America Region Masters Championships in Pueblo, Colo., where he vaulted 13 feet, good for first place.
Tullberg, 41, is still the Custer High School record holder in the pole vault, with a top vault of 15-4 1/2. The former state champion was also a champion decathlete at Drake University.
Over Labor Day weekend, Tullberg made his debut comeback after nearly two decades without having vaulted in competiton.
On the way to the meet, which was also attended by Tullberg’s family, including his parents, Loren and Judy of Custer, Loren asked his son what he goal was.
“He didn’t hestitate,” Loren said, “‘Not to get hurt!’”
The results of the masters competition are instantaneously electronically compared to vaulters in five increment age ranges of athletes from around the world, with Tullberg’s being 40-44. The meet was sanctioned by USA Track and Field.
Tullberg’s vault won the meet and ranked him third in the United States and 25th in the world. He nearly made 13-6, which would have tied him for first in the country. Best of all, he didn’t get hurt.
Tullberg and his wife, Becky, and their two children live in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he works with the University of Colorado (UCHealth) and is a volunteer coach with Discovery Canyon Campus high school. Becky is nearing her medical assistant degree from Tema Medical Institute. The next masters meet is in a couple of months in Golden, Colo.