The Girls Pole Vault Is On The Rise

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This season the girl's pole vault has been strong. 

We've seen more girls over 12 feet 5 inches this year than any of the previous five years. This is only the second time in the past five years where there have been two girls who've vaulted 14 feet or higher. New Caney's (TX) Nastassja Campbell and Marcus High School's (TX) Mackenzie Hayward both have hit 14 feet even in late March at Texas Relays

The last year when two different girls both vaulted 14 feet or higher at this point in the season was in 2014, when Justin's (TX) Desiree Freier and Rancho Santa Margarita's (CA) Kaitlyn Merritt accomplished the feat. Freier had vaulted 14-3.25 at Texas Relays while Merritt vaulted 14-0.75 at a dual meet. Later in that year, Freier went on to vault the US No. 2 all-time mark of 14-7.25. She holds five of the top 10 US high school all-time marks.

What athletes had to vault to be in the top 100 each of the past five years:

  • 2018 -- 12-4
  • 2017 -- 12-3
  • 2016 -- 12-1
  • 2015 -- 12-1
  • 2014 -- 12-0
  • 2013 -- 12-0
It's not just the athletes at the top of the pole vault rankings but the entire discipline has become stronger in the past five years. In 2013 to make the top 100 vaulters in the nation at this point in the season you needed to vault 12 feet even. This year to be one of the top vaulters in the nation at this point in the season you had to have vaulted 12-4 or better. 

Campbell and Hayward are both leading the charge with vaults that are just off the top 10 all-time list, but we could see something big from both athletes in the postseason. Not to mention Hayward has another year left to raise the bar even higher. Check out the top 100 marks for each of the following years below.

Top 100 Pole Vaulters (Start of Season Until May 16): 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Number of Vaulters Reaching New Heights