MileSplit All-American Watch List: Girls Pole Vault
Lexi Weeks (Cabot, AR) broke the National High School Record indoors with a 14-3.25 clearance. She leads the nation outdoors with a season-best 14-1.25; she is the only girl to clear 14 feet so far.
Girls Pole Vault
1. Lexi Weeks (Cabot, AR - Sr.) - The University of Arkansas signee has owned the event this year, setting the National High School Record indoors at 14-3.25 and still sitting pretty atop the outdoor track leaderboard at 14-1.25. She is the only girl to clear 14 feet outdoors this season and will go after her fourth consecutive Arkansas Meet of Champions win this month.
2. Tori Weeks (Cabot, AR - Sr.) - Perhaps the only vaulter who can beat Lexi is her twin, Tori. The U.S. No. 2 ranked vaulter cleared 14-0.5 indoors, which ranks U.S. No. 5 All-Time. She has cleared 13-10 so far this season.
3. Kristen Denk (North Royalton, OH - Sr.) - The New Balance Nationals Indoor Champion finished the indoor season ranked U.S. No. 3 behind the Weeks twins. Her best so far this season is 13-4.25, which ranks U.S. No. 9 on the outdoor leaderboard. The Ohio State commit owns an all-time PR of 13-8.5, which she cleared at nationals.
4. Meagan Gray (Hays Buda, TX - Sr.) - The two-time All-American placed runner-up at New Balance Nationals Indoor with a then-PR of 13-4.5. Gray was just third at the Texas Relays due to missed attempts, but improved her PR to 13-9 to win District 14-6A Championship and ranks U.S. No. 3.
5. Kaitlyn Merritt (Santa Margarita, CA - Sr.) - The Stanford commit won the prestigious Arcadia Invitational this spring as well as the National Pole Vault Summit indoors. Merritt is one of the few returners to clear 14 feet; she owns a PR of 14-0.75 from last year. This season, she ranks U.S. No. 4 with a best of 13-7 so far.
6. Margaret Ollinger (McGill-Toolen Catholic, AL - Jr.) - The six-time Alabama State Champion is undefeated in 2015. She vaulted her PR of 13-6.25 this season at the Battle of Old Shell Road to rank U.S. No. 5. She will likely return to the Golden South Classic in Orlando, FL at the end of the month to defend her title.
7. Jackie McNulty (Oakdale, MD - Sr.) - The Stanford commit won the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival this year and has finished within the top 10 at New Balance Nationals three times. She ranks U.S. No. 10 on the outdoor leaderboard with her PR of 13-4.
8. Laura Marty (Bishop Blanchet, WA - So.) - With four straight clearances over 13 feet, the sophomore is certainly consistent. Just one year ago, Marty's PR was 11 feet even and now she owns an all-time best mark of 13-6, which ties for U.S. No. 6 this season. She was fourth at the Texas Relays.
9. Carson Dingler (First Presbyterian, GA - So.) - The AAU star cleared a PR 13-6 back in a February season-opener to tie for U.S. No. 6 on the outdoor leaderboard. She will defend her Georgia State Championship title in the event this weekend. She is one of the top returners from 2014 New Balance Nationals Outdoor, where she placed fifth for All-American honors.
10. Abby Weiler (R.A. Long, WA - So.) - Weiler has cleared 13 feet or better in four straight events and owns a season-best and PR of 13-6, to rank U.S. No. 6. She won the Oregon Relays and finished third at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational.