Once again, Pennsylvania should have plenty of girls near the top of the national rankings in the pole vault. There's no clear-cut favorite for the state's top spot, but a number of girls should be in the mix.
Last year, South Williamsport's Katie Jones etched her name in the record books, winning the national title and setting the all-time PA state record with a jump of 13-9.25. Who is ready to follow in Jones' footsteps this winter?
The top indoor returner is Hempfield (3)'s Carena Nottoli. The senior will join Jones at Penn State next year, but until then, she'll look to add an indoor state title to go along with her AAA outdoor state from this past spring. Nottoli cleared 12-9 last winter and took second at indoor states to Jones.
Pittston's Abby Norwillo may be Nottoli's best threat to the top spot. The UPenn recruit cleared 12-4 last winter in Reno, Nevada, but really amped up her game in the spring. Norwillo took second to Nottoli at outdoor states and cleared 12-10 to take ninth at New Balance Nationals Outdoor.
Manheim Township's Mackenzie Horn will figure into the state title conversation, too. She was 11th at indoor states last year, but took third at outdoor states, as she continues to make big improvements in the event. The senior has already cleared 13 feet in the fall and is primed for a big season.
But the only other two returning indoor state medalists outside of Nottoli are State College's Lyndsey Reed and Hempfield Area (7)'s Molly DeBone. Reed cleared her indoor best of 12-0 at indoor states to grab third place in the state. Now a junior, Reed will look for an even better season after just missing a state medal outdoors. DeBone placed seventh at indoor states last winter. She cleared a PR 12-0 at outdoor states to place fifth, proving she's a gamer that steps up at the right times.