Event: Pole Vault
PR: 5.85m/19-2.50 (2004i & 2008)
Current Residence: Tea, S.D.
High School: Bella Vista (Fair Oaks, Calif.) HS
College: University of South Dakota '96
Coach: Earl Bell/Lucky Huber
Agent: Karen Locke
Two-time USA Outdoor champion - 2008 (5.80m/19-0.25); 2011 (5.66m/18-6.75)
2003 USA Indoor champion (5.75m/18-10.50)
2010 USA Indoor runner-up (5.70m/18-8.25)
Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up - 2003 (5.70m/18-8.25); 2010 (5.60m/18-4.50)
Third at 2002 USA Indoors (5.62m/18-5.25)
2008 World Athletics Final champ (5.80m/19-0.25)
Awards and Honors
Four-time NCAA Division II All-American
2006 Henry Heider Memorial Coyote Sports Hall of Fame inductee
When he’s not competing in the Olympic Games or claiming USA championships, Miles can be found coaching at his alma mater, the University of South Dakota. He is currently in his 10th season as an assistant coach, working primarily with pole vault and jumps. Miles had a successful college career in both athletics and academics. In his time as a Coyote, he competed in pole vault, hurdles, long jump and the decathlon. The standout pole vaulter finished runner-up in the NCAA Division II Championships as a senior. Following completion of his undergraduate degree in history, he earned his masters in athletic administration in 1998—both degrees are from South Dakota. When Miles isn’t pole vaulting or coaching pole vault, he spends his time flying through the air in another way. His favorite hobby is paragliding, something that he picked up from fellow pole vaulter and training partner Tye Harvey. Miles married his wife Tori, who is also a South Dakota grad, in 2004.
2012: Fourth at Olympic Trials (5.60m/18-4.5); 1st at Ames Iowa State Cyclone Classic (5.52m/18-1.25); 1st at Minneapolis Jack Johnson Classic (5.52m/18-1.25); 1st at Vermillion Bill Hillenbrand Invitational (5.60m/18-4.5).
2011: 13th at World Outdoors (5.65m/18-6.5); USA Outdoors champion (5.66m/18-6.75); best of 5.72m/18-9.25 at Jockgrim
2010: USA Outdoors runner-up (5.60m/18-04.50); Runner-up at USA Indoors (5.70m/18-8.25); 1st at California Relays (5.80m/19-0.25); 1st at Jockgrim (5.81m/19-0.75); 2nd at Paris (5.70m/18-8.25).
2009: Tied for 2nd at USA Outdoors (5.75m/18-10.25); no mark at World Outdoor final.
2008: Olympic Trials champion (5.80m/19-00.25); 4th at Olympic Games (5.70m/18-8.25); runner-up at Pre Classic (19-0.50); 1st in Berlin (5.85m/19-2.50=PR); 1st at World Athletics Final (5.80m/19-0.25).
2007: Tied for 4th at USA Outdoors (5.60m/18-4.50); 1st at Chula Vista (5.75m/18-10.25).
2006: 10th at USA Outdoors (5.40m/17-8.50); 3rd in Jonesboro, Ark. (5.50m/18-0.50); 4th at Millrose (5.60m/18-4.50).
2005: Did not compete at USA Indoor or Outdoor Champs; 3rd in pole vault at Nike Prefontaine Classic (5.80m/19-00.25); 2nd at Payton Jordan U.S. Open (5.65m/18-06.50); runner-up at Rieti (5.81m/19-0.75).
2004: 3rd at Olympic Trials (5.80m/19-0.25); 7th at Olympic Games (5.75m/18-10.25); 8th at USA Indoors (5.60m/18-4.50); 1st at Jonesboro (5.81m/19-0.75); 1st at Reno (5.80m/19-0.25); 5th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (5.70m/18-8.25).
2003: USA Indoor champion (5.75m/18-10.50); 5th at World Indoors (5.70m/18-8.25); 2nd at USA Outdoors (5.70m/18-8.25); tied for 6th (5.70m/18-8.50) at the World Outdoor Champs; 1st at Verizon Millrose Games (5.70m/18-18-8.25); 1st at Jonesboro (5.81/19-0.75, U.S. Leader); 1st at Gaz de France (5.76m/18-10.75).
2002: 3rd at USA Indoors (5.62/18-5.25); 5th at USA Outdoors (5.74m/18-10); 1st at Vermillion (5.82m/19-1i); 1st at adidas Midwest Classic (5.70m/18-8.5); 3rd at Millrose Games (5.70m/18-8.5); 3rd at Nike Prefontaine (5.74m/18-10); 1st at Belem (5.70m/18-8.5).
2001: 10th at USA Outdoors (5.40m/17-8.50); 5th at USA Indoors (5.65m/18-6.05); 2nd at Millrose Games (5.60m/18-4.50).
2000: Tied for 3rd at Olympic Trials (5.63m/18-5.50) but lost spot on Olympic team to training partner Chad Harting when the two had a jump-off at 18-5.5.
1997: 10th at USA Outdoors; 7th at World University Games.
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2011: Indoor bests – 5.72m/18-9.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 9 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.72m/18-9.25 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 20 in the world)
2010: Indoor bests – 5.75m/18-10.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 8 in the world); Outdoor bests –5.81m/19-0.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 4 in the world)
2009: Indoor bests – 5.82m/19-1 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests –5.75m/18-10.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 8 in the world)
2008: Indoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 9 in the world)
2007: Outdoor bests – 5.75m/18-10.25 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 22 in the world)
2006: Outdoor bests – 5.50m/18-0.50
2005: Indoor bests – 5.85m/19-2.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests 5.81m/19-0.75 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 10 in the world)
2004: Indoor bests – 5.80m/18-0.50 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests –5.81m/19-0.75 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 9 in the world)
2003: Indoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 3 in the world); Outdoor bests –5.81m/19-0.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 9 in the world)
2002: Indoor bests – 5.82m/19-1 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 3 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.74m/18-10 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 20 in the world)
2001: Indoor bests – 5.70m/18-8.25 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 16 in the world); Outdoor bests –5.82m/19-1 (No. 5 in the USA)
2000: Indoor bests – 5.55m/18-2.50 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 45 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.65m/18-6.50 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 42 in the world)
1999: Outdoor bests – 5.35m/17-6.5
1998: Outdoor bests – 5.35m/17-6.5
1997: Outdoor bests – 5.50m/18-0.5