* Guest contributor Coach Dave Mackey recapped the action from the OHIAA - IVC Series Meet No. 2 *
Related Coverage -
- Girls Pole Vault Rankings
- Boys Pole Vault Rankings
- Girls PV Returner Rankings
- Boys PV Returner Rankings
The best vaulters throughout the state of Ohio assembled on Sunday evening at Industrial Vault Club for the second indoor meet of the 2021 season, and they did not disappoint! This was a high degree of energy plus a high talent level featuring high school college athletes, with even higher marks! We were happy to be joined by a group from Buckeye Pole Vault Academy, and other area vaulters for this amazing event. Official results can be found at the link above, but I would like to highlight our IVC PR's, and winners of each division.
Our IVC girls made a strong run in this early season meet, posting either season or lifetime PR's. Mya Fowler (Fairless) hit her season PR of 7' 8" making nice looks at a new lifetime best as well. Malynn Johnston (Green) hit a new lifetime PR at 7' 8", also with nice looks at 8' 2". Both girls are still on short run too, so we will be looking for more PR's out of them over the coming weeks. Cassidy Brown (Wooster) found a new [official] lifetime PR of 11' 2", just rubbing 11' 8". Kendal Fisher (Massillon Perry) hit a season PR of 11' 8", also just skimming the 12' 2" bar. Many more heights to come for all of these girls, and our other competitors, as well, as the season progresses.
Our IVC boys had their own share of celebrations, as well. Caden McClure (Green) hit his lifetime PR of 12' 2", with more in the tank. As he adds to his skills, that mark will be pushed ever higher. Blake Sifferlin (St. Vincent-St. Mary) not only matched his lifetime, but also bumped it up to 13' 8", with a couple of very nice looks at 14' 2". This up-and-comer will jump any pole we throw at him, bumping up 2 more this meet, so he will be another one whose top mark continues to climb. Brant Marchand and Brady Wickham (both of Fairless) hit their season PR's as well at 13' 8". With lifetimes bests of 14' 3" and 15' 6" respectively, these boys are just getting started! And after setting a new lifetime PR last week at 16' 6", Conner McClure (Green) came back to prove it wasn't a fluke by bumping up his lifetime with an easy clear at 16' 8". Conner also had a couple nice looks at 17' 2.25", which will be water under the bridge after the holidays.
With a very strong field assembled, the division winners certainly earned their spots. Winning the High School girls was Sara Borton (Olentangy Orange) with her leap of 12' 8". She matched her [unofficial] lifetime PR, making it official this time, and currently ranking her 7th in the country. Conner's mark of 16' 8" won the boys event, keeping him atop the state's leaderboard, and currently ranked second nation-wide.
In the College Division, we saw some great competition, as well. Winning for the women was Savannah Amato with her jump of 13' 8". This matches her lifetime PR, but with her looks at 14' 2.25", I don't believe this will be her PR for long. Taking the men's title was Kristian Kneffler with his performance of 16' 2", also with some very nice looks at 16' 8".
Congratulations to all the athletes on their performances. This is extremely early in the season, earlier than we normally start, and many are already starting to hit their strides. This was an exciting event to watch, but I'm even more excited to see where all these kids end the season. One thing I'm certain of is that this is just the start!
- Coach Mackey