Kay Glynn
Inspiration for the Future
About Kay

Kay Glynn
Motivational Entertainer

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In 1971, Kay Bruce (now Glynn) graduated from Nishna Valley High School-- a country school in southwestern Iowa.

1979—Kay was inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Track & Field Hall of Fame.

She held the high school long jump state record for over 30 years at 19’2 ½”, and still holds the Iowa district record and the western Iowa record.

She also still holds the state record for the 60 yard dash at 7.0, and this is a discontinued event.

Kay’s events during her high school years were long jump, 100, 200 and 4x100 relay.

As an eighth grader, Kay was the youngest member to ever be accepted for the high school girls Iowa Track Club, and she won the long jump at the national federation meet that year.

After a 30 year abstinence from track & field, Kay returned to the sport at the Iowa Games at the age of 48, and her competitions have taken her from coast to coast. She took up pole vaulting at the age of 50—as well as several other events—and won the national indoor heptathlon that year. She has competed and won many national championship titles in the last 5 years. At the age of 55, at the USATF Masters National Indoor Championships held in Boston, she received gold medals in the pentathlon, long jump, high jump, 60H, and pole vault—breaking her own indoor pole vaulting world record with a height of 2.92 (9’7”). She also placed second in the 60m dash, triple jump, & shot. In 2009, she was named 2008 Co-Female Athlete of the Year by the USATF. 

In 2010, Kay received 5 gold and 1 bronze medal at the USATF Indoor Masters National Championship Meet.  She received 3 gold and 3 silver at the USATF Outdoor Masters National Championships.  She received a gold medal at the Indoor National Heptathlon and the Outdoor National Decathlon.  She received the Age Group Athlete of the Year Award for 2010.

In January, 2011, Kay received gold in the USATF National Masters Heptathlon in Kenosha, WI with 5,089 points.

Kay did her first Senior Olympics at the Iowa meet at the age of 51. In the 2007 national meet in Louisville, she received gold in pole vault and high jump, silver in javelin, and 4th in 200 meter dash.  She competed in 11 events at the 2009 National Senior Olympics Meet at Stanford University (100, 200, PV, LJ, TJ, HJ, javelin, shot, discus, hammer) winning 5 medals. She has participated in the Senior Olympics in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri.

Her other lifetime passion has been dancing and performing acrobatics since the age of 4. For over 20 years, she has owned her own studio where she taught various disciplines of dance--such as tap, jazz, ballet, and acrobatics. She won a Ford Mustang at the age of 15 doing a novelty acrobatic routine with chairs. In the last 5 years, this routine has given her spots on such t.v. shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jimmy Kimmell Show, Oprah, The View (with Barbara Walters), America’s Got Talent , 30 Seconds to Fame, I’ve Got a Secret, and Country Fried Home Videos which also includes a clip of Kay pole vaulting in her backyard pole vaulting pit. Recently, she also made a dream come true. She flew on a trapeze for the first time—at the age of 55!

In the spring of 2009 Kay closed her dance studio, and she and her husband bought a local insurance agency where she is working part-time. Kay is enjoying spending time as a motivational entertainer, and training for track and field at her home in the country where she has a pole vault pit, a high jump pit, hurdles, and an area comprised of a horizontal bar, rings, and trapeze. Also, Kay was featured in the Aug. 2009 issue of A.A.R.P. Magazine.

On Dec. 22, 2010, Kay appeared on Omaha Morning Blend.  You may watch her segment if you click on or copy and paste the following link:  http://www.omahamorningblend.com/videos/111949219.html

Kay and her husband of 37 years live on a farm in Iowa 2 miles from where she graduated from high school. They have 3 children--34, 29, & 26 and 4 grand children, 5,3, 2, 1.

Kay's 6 week track and field tour resulted in the following:

June 11,12--USATF Masters Combined Events Championships--Dallas--Decathlon--Gold

June 24-27--National Senior Games of America--Houston (Humble)--6 Golds--including an outdoor World Record in pole vault.  Also a 5th, 6th, 7th--including prelims, etc. competed in 12 races/events

July 6-16--World Masters Track and Field Championships--Sacramento--3 Golds, 1 Bronze, three 4th places--results include heptathlon of 7 events and competition in 8 more races/events

July 28-31--USATF National Masters Outdoor Championships--Berea, OH--9 Golds, 2 Silver--including American Record in shuttle hurdle relay.  Meet results included pentathlon of 5 events plus 10 more.

And just for good measure--Aug. 28--Mid America Regional Meet--Ft. Collins, CO--2 Golds--2 events--including pole vault indoor World Record

2011 youtube videos from this summer not included on her website--
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI2N3dM2AjM    NSGA outdoor pole vault World Record series
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4TlMHl9sAQ     Worlds Warm-up taken by unknown spectator
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsPiBVadcbU    200m. dash (with crash) winning nationals
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsPiBVadcbU     Wonderful World
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO22PFEaZZs     Old Time Rock and Roll



Kay will be appearing on The Morning Blend (www.omahamorningblend.com) television show on CBS, channel 3 at 9:00am (central) on Monday, November 19, 2012.  Kay will be talking about her latest adventures as well as what's coming up!  She will be providing information about the topics below.

The following are some of Kay's favorite websites to keep track of what's going on in her world of athletics and track and field:
www.masterstrack.com     www.usatfmasters.com     www.nsga.com     www.polevaultpower.com

On October 13, 2012, Kay was featured in the Omaha World Herald and Council Bluffs Nonpareil newspapers .  The following are links to those stories:



Kay was also featured in the November issue of Vaulter Magazine.  It is in print or on line at www.thevaultermag.com

Along with competing in track and field and speaking, Kay has kept busy tap dancing.  She performs with a group of ladies who call themselves, Something to Tap About.  They provide entertainment for organizations and help with a variety of community service activities in the Iowa/Nebraska area.  Their repertoire includes country, big band, and rock and roll tapping routines suitable for people of all ages!  Their video on You Tube is at //www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Jn4xhf8lM or go to You Tube and type in "Kay Glynn-Something to Tap About."  Kay has several current dance and sports videos up on You Tube.  During the upcoming holiday season, Something to Tap About will be busy with their holiday theme programs at the following  times and locations:

Nov. 24, Sat.--Shenandoah, Iowa, Tree Lighting at 5:30
Nov. 25, Sun.--Glenwood, Iowa, Glen Haven at 3:30
Nov. 26, Mon.--LaVista, Nebraska, Tree Lighting Program at 6:15
Nov. 30, Fri.--Omaha, Nebraska, Oakview Shopping Center at 5:00
Dec. 1, Sat.--Malvern, Iowa, Festival of Trees at 12 noon
Dec. 2, Sun.--Council Bluffs, Iowa, Bass Pro at 3:00
Dec. 2, Sun.--Glenwood, Iowa, Holy Rosary Catholic Church Soup Supper at 5:30

Kay will be rounding out the year as she returns to indoor pole vaulting at the college meet in Ames, Iowa, at Iowa State University on Dec. 7, and The Bill Butterworth Open/Masters Indoor Meet on Dec. 15, at Wichita, Kansas.


Kay has kept busy in 2013 with tap dancing and performing with her ladies dance group, Something to Tap About.  They took part in several community functions throughout the year.  She's also been busy with her motivational entertaining and her competitions in track and field.

Kay has new stories and adventures to talk about as she travels around the country and competes in track and field events.  In her home state of Iowa, she competed in several college meets, the USA Track and Field Meet, and the National Senior Games of America Meet.  She has competed in several other regional and national meets.

Kay competed in the pole vault in the Midwest Regional Indoor Meet in Kenosha, WI, where she placed 1st as well as placing 1st in both the Bill Butterworth Open/Mastes Meet in Wichita, KS, and the Mid-America Regional Indoor Meet in Colorado Springs, CO.  In the USATF Masters Indoor National Championships in Overland, Maryland, she won 4 gold medals while competing in the pole vault, long jump, high jump, and weight throw.  In the USATF Masters Outdoor National Championships in July in Olathe, KS, she won the pole vault and high jump, as well as placing 4th in the weight throw.  She finished her 2013 season competing in the National Senior Games of America which was held in late July in Cleveland, OH, where she won the high jump as she set a new meet record in her 60-64 age division, and also won the long jump.  She received a silver medal in the hammer throw, a bronze in the triple jump, and she finished 6th place in the shot put, discus, and javelin.

Kay's best marks of the 2013 season---Pole Vault..2.80---High Jump..1.37---Long Jump..4.16---Triple Jump..7.84---Hammer Throw..25.98---Javelin Throw..25.25---Discus Throw..21.66---Shot Put..8.66---Weight Throw..11.95---Super Weight Throw..6.70

While participating in the NSGA in Ohio, Kay entertained the crowd during an awards ceremony in the new Cleveland Convention Center by presenting an acrobatic routine.  She also appeared on a local television show while there, Live at Lakeside, as she talked about her experiences in athletics and with the NSGA.  Kay was also featured on the NSGA website as part of the Personal Best Tour, and she was featured in an article in the Omaha World Herald Newspaper.

Check out the new photos which have been added to this website, and below are links related to the activities Kay has enjoyed this past year.

Kay is currently busy recovering from her planned hip replacement/resurfacing done in South Carolina on August 21.  In February, 2014, she will be released to start jogging and tap dancing and cartwheeling just like before!

http://www.omaha.com/article/20120920/SPORTS/709209853/1001      Omaha World Herald
http://issuu.com/lcni/docs/17809.pdf?e=1653031/3778376                      Living 50 Plus Story
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdPbJBjI04Q        USATF Nationals in Olathe-Pole Vault
http://www.wkyc.com/life/programming/Live_on_Lakeside/article/307923/442/Kay-Glynn-2013-National-Senior-Games-72513                                                                                TV Interview in Ohio
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uies9bxJdA0                             Dance at NSGA
http://masterstrack.com/2013/09/25473/#more-25473                  After Surgery Article
https://www.facebook.com/#!pages/Something-To-Tap-About/622975287734100      Something To Tap About