The present, and the future, is among our ranks right now in girls pole vaulting.
Less than two weeks after Westlake's (CA) Paige Sommers captured a new outdoor national pole vault record of 14 feet, 9 inches at the Marmonte League Prelims/Finals, Olympia Capital High School's Amanda Moll was hard at work just two and a half hours south in Chula Vista, California.
The high school sophomore from Washington state cleared a new sophomore class record of 14-7 at the fifth installment of the Chula Vista Performance meet at the ARCO Olympic Training Center, raising the bar by six inches on the previous mark. It's also a 16-year-old age group record.
Coincidentally enough, though, she had already owned that honor.
In fact, she and her sister had previously secured it. On May 29, Amanda and her sister Hana both cleared 14-1.25 at the fourth installment of the Chula Vista High Performance meet in California.
Of course, these high-flying PRs aren't a big surprise, as the Moll twins compete for the Northwest Pole Vault Club -- the renowned club coached by Tim Reilly that also trained current indoor national record holder Chloe Cunliffe, who is currently a pro for PUMA.
Amanda Moll now has three class records to her name. She set the freshman class outdoor and 15-year-old age group record a year ago with a clearance of 14-3.50. A few months later, she followed in January with another big-mark, hitting 14-feet at a meet in Oregon City, earning the sophomore indoor record.
Her 16-year-old age group record also surpasses Sommer's former mark of 14-6.
Amanda Moll now has six 14-foot plus jumps to her name at 16. Her sister, Hana, has two.
Becca Peters, a pole vault specialist who runs the popular Twitter account Pole Vault Power, tweeted that Amanda cleared her sophomore class height on a pole borrowed by Canadian pole vaulter Anicka Newell. Peters believes we might be heading toward 15-feet for a female pole vaulter sooner rather than later.
"We have two well-coached twins who seem headed down that path with two years of high school left!" she said.
Dyestat reported that Moll also attempted at a new national record height of 14-9.25 but came up short.