RICHMOND, Va. – There are pictures with Santa at the local mall, baking cookies with mom, putting up the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and many, many more traditions that surround the Holiday season.

VCU's pole vaulting crew is adding a new one to the mix with "The Holiday Vault", which took place just before the Christmas break.

Assistant Track & Field Coach Allyson Thomas and her four understudies hit the indoor vaulting pit donning their best holiday spirited clothing and apparel to have some fun, while also getting some work done.

"It's the first time since I've been helping here that we have a team of vaulters and not just Steph [Newing]," Thomas said. "This group works extremely hard at their event and it is really stressful sometimes having to be so regimented. I wanted to come up with something that was fun for everybody to show how much I appreciate the hard work they put in."

Making up the pole vaulting crew this year is Newing, along with a trio of freshmen that includes Riley Louden, Justine Dutton and Eric Zwarycz.

"We all dressed up in wonderful holiday attire, played Christmas music and I pretty much let them do whatever they wanted to do with their jumping," Thomas said.

For the first time since she graduated as an All-Conference pole vaulter at the University of Maine, Thomas strapped on her spikes and tried to dust off the rust with a couple vaults of her own.

"It wasn't the prettiest thing in the world, but it was a great time and a fun day with my group," Thomas said. "Hopefully, we can make this tradition bigger and better with each passing year!"