Morris Tops Talented PV Field: Top 500 Boys Pole Vault Returners

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The battle for the top spot in boys pole vault in Pennsylvania, much like the girls, will be fierce. A number of boys have already cleared 16 feet or better indoors and many will push that barrier this spring.

The top returner is Payton Morris of East Pennsboro. Morris was sixth at states last year after an off day, but he did jump 15-07 last year. Indoors, he took his vaulting to the next level. He won at the Millrose Games and took an indoor state title, jumping 16 or better on a number of occasions. Now he'll look to add outdoor gold to his resume.

But Morris will get a good challenge for the AAA state crown from West Chester Rustin's Charles Dever. He was third at outdoor states last year and then fourth at indoor states this winter. Dever then jumped a huge PR of 16-05.25, the third best vault in state history, to take sixth at indoor nationals. Dever and Morris will be the top boys to watch in AAA.


Others to watch in AAA include Altoona Area's Tyler Delozier (seventh at outdoor states in 2017; eighth at indoor states), Hershey's Dalton Burnham (fifth at indoor states), State College Area's Luke Knipe (cleared 15-00 indoors), and North Penn's Bryant Durant (seventh at indoor states). Butler's Jack Codispot, William Tennent's Randy Showmaker, and Bishop Shanahan's Michael Mullen are also among the AAA medal contenders in what will be a deep year.

In AA, Joe Jardine of Schuylkill Valley will look to return to the top spot in the state. Jardine won the state title as a sophomore and took second last season, but he's been getting better and better every year. Jardine jumped 15-03.5 last outdoor season cleared a best of 16-00 this indoor season. Waynesburg Central's Will Behm was ninth at outdoor states, but he had a big indoor season. He jumped 14-06 and placed sixth at the state meet.

Caleb Johnson transferred from Phil-Mont Christian to Germantown Academy and that means the junior will move from the PIAA to the PAISAA. He'll easily the top vaulter in the independent schools. He had a big end to his indoor season, including a second place finish at indoor states (16-00) and a win in the Emerging Elite section of the pole vault at indoor nationals.

Expect plenty of big vaults this season.

Watch an interview with Morris after winning the indoor state title and check out the top 500 returners in the boys pole vault below:

Pole Vault

Rank Mark Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 15-7
East Pennsboro Area SD
2018
2 15-3.5
Schuylkill Valley
2018
3 15-0
Altoona Area
2018
3 15-0
West Chester Rustin
2018
5 14-9
State College Area High School
2019
5 14-9
Baldwin
2018
5 14-9
Phil-Mont Christian Academy
2019
8 14-7.25
William Tennent
2018
9 14-6
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
10 14-3
North Allegheny
2018
11 14-0
Manheim Central
2018
12 13-10.5
Unattached Club
2018
13 13-9
Nazareth Area
2018
13 13-9
Butler
2019
13 13-9
Northern
2019
16 13-6
Richland
2018
16 13-6
Council Rock South
2019
16 13-6
Warwick
2018
16 13-6
Council Rock South
2020
16 13-6
Waynesburg Central
2018
21 13-3
Bishop Shanahan
2018
21 13-3
Shikellamy
2018
21 13-3
North Allegheny
2018
21 13-3
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
21 13-3
Franklin Regional
2019
26 13-2
Reynolds
2018
27 13-1.5
Valley Speedsters
2018
28 13-0
Indiana Area
2018
28 13-0
Harbor Creek
2018
28 13-0
Bloomsburg
2018
28 13-0
North Penn
2018
28 13-0
Penn Manor
2019
28 13-0
Smethport Area
2019
28 13-0
Fairfield Area
2018
28 13-0
Ephrata
2018
28 13-0
Great Valley
2018
37 12-10
Indiana Area
2018
38 12-9
Meadville Area
2018
38 12-9
McDowell
2018
38 12-9
Parkland
2018
38 12-9
Chartiers Valley
2019
38 12-9
Greensburg Salem
2018
38 12-9
Beaver Area
2019
38 12-9
Connellsville
2019
38 12-9
Beaver Area
2019
46 12-8
Riverview
2018
47 12-7
Waynesburg Central
2019
48 12-6
Catasauqua
2018
48 12-6
Bishop Shanahan
2018
48 12-6
State College Area High School
2019
48 12-6
Ligonier Valley
2018
48 12-6
Indiana Area
2020
48 12-6
Windber Area
2018
48 12-6
Hickory
2018
48 12-6
Forest Hills
2019
48 12-6
Greensburg Central Catholic
2018
48 12-6
Tulpehocken
2019
48 12-6
Kennett
2019
48 12-6
Bermudian Springs
2018
60 12-2
Canon-McMillan
2018
60 12-2
North Hills
2019
62 12-1
Chartiers Valley
2018
63 12-0
South Williamsport
2018
63 12-0
Wyalusing Valley Area
2018
63 12-0
Warrior Run
2018
63 12-0
Malvern Prep
2018
63 12-0
Hershey
2018
63 12-0
Donegal
2018
63 12-0
State College Area High School
2019
63 12-0
Lakeview
2018
63 12-0
Forest Hills
2018
63 12-0
York Suburban
2018
63 12-0
Kane Area
2020
63 12-0
Chestnut Ridge
2018
63 12-0
Eisenhower
2018
63 12-0
Souderton Area
2018
63 12-0
Biglerville
2018
63 12-0
Red Lion
2018
63 12-0
Bermudian Springs
2020
63 12-0
Riverside (7)
2018
81 11-11
North Allegheny
2018
82 11-9
Port Allegany
2018
82 11-9
Bradford Area
2018
82 11-9
Stroudsburg
2019
82 11-9
Bradford Area
2021
82 11-9
Bradford Area
2020
82 11-9
Selinsgrove
2020
82 11-9
Blue Mountain
2018
82 11-9
Cathedral Prep
2018
82 11-9
Butler
2019
91 11-7
Malvern Prep
2019
92 11-6
Jim Thorpe Area
2018
92 11-6
Pen Argyl Area
2018
92 11-6
Juniata
2019
92 11-6
The Hill School
2018
92 11-6
Saint Joseph's Prep
2018
92 11-6
East Stroudsburg Area South
2019
92 11-6
Tamaqua Area
2019
92 11-6
Schuylkill Valley
2020
92 11-6
Towanda
2018
92 11-6
Pottstown
2018
92 11-6
Berks Catholic
2019
92 11-6
Central Bucks South
2019
92 11-6
Jim Thorpe Area
2020
92 11-6
Northwest Area
2018
92 11-6
McDowell
2019
92 11-6
Penncrest
2018
92 11-6
Penncrest
2018
92 11-6
Owen J. Roberts
2018
92 11-6
Tulpehocken
2020
92 11-6
Fairview
2018
92 11-6
Central Bucks East
2020
92 11-6
Bald Eagle Area
2019
92 11-6
Fairview
2018
92 11-6
Altoona Area
2019
92 11-6
Biglerville
2019
92 11-6
Franklin Regional
2019
92 11-6
Central Mountain
2018
92 11-6
Mohawk
2019
92 11-6
Mount Carmel Area
2018
92 11-6
Warrior Run
2019
92 11-6
Montoursville Area
2018
92 11-6
Middletown Area
2018
124 11-3
Montoursville Area
2018
124 11-3
Stroudsburg
2018
124 11-3
Waynesboro
2018
124 11-3
Moniteau
2019
124 11-3
Hollidaysburg Area
2018
124 11-3
Karns City
2018
124 11-3
Punxsutawney Area
2018
131 11-2
South Park High School
2019
131 11-2
Apollo-Ridge High School
2019
131 11-2
Greenville
2019
134 11-1.75
Valley Speedsters
2020
135 11-1
Elizabeth Forward
2018
135 11-1
Butler
2020
135 11-1
Mount Pleasant Area
2018
138 11-0
Chambersburg
2018
138 11-0
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
138 11-0
Pottsville Area
2019
138 11-0
Penncrest
2018
138 11-0
Wissahickon
2019
138 11-0
Sayre Area
2018
138 11-0
Butler
2019
138 11-0
Bangor Area
2020
138 11-0
Tyrone Area
2018
138 11-0
Jersey Shore Area
2019
138 11-0
Juniata
2018
138 11-0
Bloomsburg
2019
138 11-0
Pottsville Area
2018
138 11-0
Northern Cambria High School
2019
138 11-0
Homer Center
2019
138 11-0
Susquenita
2019
138 11-0
Council Rock South
2019
138 11-0
Wallenpaupack
2019
138 11-0
Wyomissing Area
2018
138 11-0
Tamaqua Area
2020
138 11-0
Westmont Hilltop
2018
138 11-0
Warrior Run
2018
138 11-0
Council Rock North
2018
138 11-0
Altoona Area
2018
138 11-0
Upper Perkiomen
2018
138 11-0
York Suburban
2018
138 11-0
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
138 11-0
Neshaminy
2020
138 11-0
Delone Catholic
2019
138 11-0
Shamokin Area
2018
138 11-0
Selinsgrove
2018
138 11-0
Carlisle
2019
138 11-0
Lebanon
2018
138 11-0
Central Bucks West
2018
138 11-0
Central Bucks East
2018
138 11-0
Conrad Weiser
2018
138 11-0
Southern Huntingdon
2018
138 11-0
Titusville
2018
138 11-0
Northern Lebanon
2018
138 11-0
J.P. McCaskey
2018
138 11-0
South Western
2018
138 11-0
Camp Hill
2018
138 11-0
West Perry
2020
181 10-11
Malvern Prep
2018
182 10-9
Northwestern Lehigh
2018
182 10-9
Fort Leboeuf
2020
182 10-9
East Stroudsburg Area South
2019
182 10-9
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
182 10-9
Emmaus
2019
182 10-9
Parkland
2019
182 10-9
Coudersport
2019
182 10-9
Otto-Eldred
2018
182 10-9
Athens Area
2018
182 10-9
Mars Area
2018
182 10-9
Altoona Area
2019
182 10-9
Altoona Area
2020
182 10-9
General McLane
2018
182 10-9
South Fayette High School
2019
182 10-9
Bethel Park
2019
197 10-8
Shady Side Academy
2018
197 10-8
Blackhawk
2018
197 10-8
Armstrong HS
2018
197 10-8
North Allegheny
2018
197 10-8
Mars Area
2019
202 10-7
Norwin
2018
202 10-7
Grove City Area
2018
204 10-6.04
Harbor Creek
2019
205 10-6
Southern Lehigh
2019
205 10-6
Southern Columbia Area
2020
205 10-6
Kennett
2020
205 10-6
Pen Argyl Area
2019
205 10-6
Danville Area
2018
205 10-6
United
2018
205 10-6
Upper Dublin
2018
205 10-6
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
205 10-6
North Schuylkill
2018
205 10-6
Central Columbia
2019
205 10-6
North Penn
2020
205 10-6
Mount Carmel Area
2020
205 10-6
Selinsgrove
2018
205 10-6
Blue Mountain
2019
205 10-6
Forest Hills
2019
205 10-6
State College Area High School
2019
205 10-6
North Schuylkill
2019
205 10-6
East Stroudsburg Area South
2018
205 10-6
Stroudsburg
2018
205 10-6
Eastern Lebanon County
2018
205 10-6
Greenwood
2019
205 10-6
Strath Haven
2018
205 10-6
Beaver Area
2019
205 10-6
Lower Merion
2019
205 10-6
Wissahickon
2018
205 10-6
Wyoming Valley West
2018
205 10-6
Marple Newtown
2018
205 10-6
Perkiomen Valley
2018
205 10-6
Crestwood
2019
205 10-6
Valley View
2018
205 10-6
Montrose
2018
205 10-6
Freedom Area (7)
2018
205 10-6
Susquehannock
2019
205 10-6
Shippensburg
2019
205 10-6
Germantown Academy
2019
205 10-6
Conrad Weiser
2020
205 10-6
James Buchanan
2018
205 10-6
Seneca
2020
205 10-6
General McLane
2019
205 10-6
Central Bucks East
2020
205 10-6
Shippensburg
2018
205 10-6
Bellwood Antis
2019
205 10-6
Titusville
2018
205 10-6
Westmont Hilltop
2018
205 10-6
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
205 10-6
Milton Hershey
2018
205 10-6
Bellefonte Area
2019
205 10-6
Hershey
2019
205 10-6
West Perry
2018
254 10-3
Parkland
2019
254 10-3
Redbank Valley
2019
254 10-3
Punxsutawney Area
2018
254 10-3
Clarion Area
2018
254 10-3
Punxsutawney Area
2020
254 10-3
West Allegheny
2018
254 10-3
Athens Area
2018
254 10-3
Williamsport Area
2020
254 10-3
Pine-Richland
2019
254 10-3
Slippery Rock Area
2018
254 10-3
Slippery Rock Area
2018
254 10-3
Grove City Area
2019
254 10-3
Hickory
2020
254 10-3
Greenville
2019
254 10-3
Lakeview
2018
269 10-2
Greensburg YMCA Track and Field Club
2021
269 10-2
Bethel Park
2020
269 10-2
Peters Township
2020
269 10-2
Canon-McMillan
2019
273 10-1
Hempfield (3)
2018
273 10-1
Penn Manor
2018
275 10-0
Downingtown East
2019
275 10-0
Bangor Area
2019
275 10-0
Kiski Prep
2018
275 10-0
Wellsboro Area
2018
275 10-0
Montoursville Area
2018
275 10-0
McDowell
2020
275 10-0
Saint Marys Area
2019
275 10-0
West Chester Rustin
2020
275 10-0
Greensburg Salem
2019
275 10-0
Catasauqua
2020
275 10-0
Bangor Area
2018
275 10-0
Southern Columbia Area
2018
275 10-0
Danville Area
2019
275 10-0
Moniteau
2020
275 10-0
Norwin
2019
275 10-0
Wissahickon
2019
275 10-0
LaSalle College High School
2019
275 10-0
Conemaugh Township Area
2018
275 10-0
State College Area High School
2020
275 10-0
New Hope-Solebury
2020
275 10-0
Berwick
2019
275 10-0
Bensalem
2020
275 10-0
United
2018
275 10-0
Greenwood
2018
275 10-0
North Pocono
2020
275 10-0
Annville-Cleona
2020
275 10-0
Hughesville
2019
275 10-0
Greenwood
2019
275 10-0
Bensalem
2019
275 10-0
Carlisle
2019
275 10-0
Jim Thorpe Area
2019
275 10-0
The Haverford School for Boys
2019
275 10-0
Southern Fulton
2018
275 10-0
Delaware Valley
2019
275 10-0
North Penn
2018
275 10-0
Central Bucks West
2018
275 10-0
Parkland
2018
275 10-0
Dallastown
2018
275 10-0
Baldwin
2019
275 10-0
Altoona Area Junior Varsity
2020
275 10-0
Spring Ford
2019
275 10-0
Episcopal Academy
2018
275 10-0
Berks Catholic
2019
275 10-0
Boyertown
2019
275 10-0
Greencastle-Antrim
2018
275 10-0
Shaler Area
2019
275 10-0
Waynesburg Central
2020
275 10-0
Baldwin
2018
275 10-0
Perkiomen Valley
2019
275 10-0
Fairfield Area
2018
275 10-0
Pottstown
2018
275 10-0
Somerset Area
2018
275 10-0
Central Bucks East
2020
275 10-0
North East
2019
275 10-0
Franklin Area
2018
275 10-0
Bishop Carroll
2018
275 10-0
Corry Area
2019
275 10-0
Lower Dauphin
2019
333 9-9
Easton Area
2020
333 9-9
Nazareth Area
2019
333 9-9
Brookville Area
2020
333 9-9
Easton Area
2019
333 9-9
Northampton Area
2018
333 9-9
Nazareth Area
2019
333 9-9
Greater Nanticoke
2019
333 9-9
James M. Coughlin
2020
333 9-9
Port Allegany
2018
333 9-9
Riverside (7)
2018
333 9-9
Quaker Valley Middle School
2019
333 9-9
Wilmington
2018
345 9-8
Mount Lebanon
2019
345 9-8
Chartiers Valley
2018
345 9-8
Central Valley HS
2019
345 9-8
South Fayette High School
2019
349 9-7
Peters Township
2018
350 9-6
Freeport Area
2020
350 9-6
Pennridge
2019
350 9-6
Clearfield Area
2019
350 9-6
Pocono Mountain West
2019
350 9-6
Towanda
2019
350 9-6
Mifflin County High School
2018
350 9-6
Mercersburg Academy
2019
350 9-6
Wissahickon
2019
350 9-6
Mifflin County High School
2018
350 9-6
Unionville
2020
350 9-6
Lewisburg Area
2019
350 9-6
Cheltenham
2018
350 9-6
Fannett-Metal High School
2019
350 9-6
Southern Columbia Area
2018
350 9-6
Saint Joseph's Prep
2020
350 9-6
Wissahickon
2018
350 9-6
Mifflinburg
2019
350 9-6
Berks Catholic
2019
350 9-6
Muhlenberg
2018
350 9-6
Blue Mountain
2019
350 9-6
Richland
2018
350 9-6
Hershey
2019
350 9-6
South Side
2020
350 9-6
Wilson Area (11)
2018
350 9-6
Altoona Area
2019
350 9-6
State College Area High School
2018
350 9-6
Homer Center
2019
350 9-6
Southern Huntingdon
2018
350 9-6
Berwick
2018
350 9-6
Susquenita
2019
350 9-6
Millersburg
2019
350 9-6
Wissahickon
2019
350 9-6
Carlisle
2019
350 9-6
Carlisle
2020
350 9-6
Conemaugh Township Area
2018
350 9-6
Council Rock North
2020
350 9-6
North Schuylkill
2019
350 9-6
Oxford Area
2018
350 9-6
Upper Perkiomen
2019
350 9-6
Episcopal Academy
2019
350 9-6
Biglerville
2019
350 9-6
Wallenpaupack
2019
350 9-6
Fort Leboeuf
2019
350 9-6
Corry Area
2020
350 9-6
Abington Heights
2019
350 9-6
Haverford Township HS
2018
350 9-6
North Allegheny
2018
350 9-6
Parkland
2018
350 9-6
Northern
2018
350 9-6
North Pocono
2018
350 9-6
Mifflin County High School
2018
350 9-6
New Oxford
2020
350 9-6
Lampeter Strasburg
2019
350 9-6
Pennridge
2019
350 9-6
Scranton Preparatory School
2019
350 9-6
Wilson (3)
2018
350 9-6
Wyomissing Area
2018
350 9-6
Hamburg Area
2019
350 9-6
Bermudian Springs
2019
350 9-6
Lampeter Strasburg
2019
350 9-6
Mount Pleasant Area
2020
411 9-4
Chambersburg
2019
412 9-3
Saucon Valley
2020
412 9-3
Northampton Area
2019
412 9-3
Freedom (11)
2018
412 9-3
Liberty
2019
412 9-3
Trinity (7)
2019
412 9-3
Bethlehem Catholic
2019
412 9-3
Wyoming Area
2019
412 9-3
Otto-Eldred
2018
412 9-3
Coudersport
2019
412 9-3
James M. Coughlin
2019
412 9-3
Athens Area
2018
412 9-3
Shamokin Area
2020
424 9-2
Mount Lebanon
2020
425 9-1
Trinity (7)
2019
426 9-0
Berks Catholic
2018
426 9-0
Lehighton
2018
426 9-0
Saucon Valley
2020
426 9-0
North Penn - Mansfield
2018
426 9-0
Neshaminy
2018
426 9-0
Freeport Area
2018
426 9-0
Phoenixville Area
2019
426 9-0
Haverford Township HS
2019
426 9-0
Wyalusing Valley Area
2019
426 9-0
Wellsboro Area
2018
426 9-0
Tamaqua Area
2019
426 9-0
Oxford Area
2020
426 9-0
Kutztown Area
2018
426 9-0
Great Valley
2020
426 9-0
Penncrest
2019
426 9-0
Carlisle
2019
426 9-0
North Schuylkill
2019
426 9-0
North Allegheny
2020
426 9-0
Central Columbia
2020
426 9-0
Palisades
2020
426 9-0
Ridley
2018
426 9-0
Mifflinburg
2020
426 9-0
Greensburg Salem
2021
426 9-0
Penn Trafford
2020
426 9-0
Greensburg Salem
2020
426 9-0
Unionville
2018
426 9-0
Hatboro Horsham
2019
426 9-0
Central Bucks West
2018
426 9-0
Council Rock North
2018
426 9-0
Muhlenberg
2018
426 9-0
Chartiers Valley
2019
426 9-0
LaSalle College High School
2019
426 9-0
Tussey Mountain
2019
426 9-0
Crestwood
2019
426 9-0
Mahanoy Area
2019
426 9-0
Marion Center Area
2019
426 9-0
Quakertown
2019
426 9-0
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2020
426 9-0
Malvern Prep
2020
426 9-0
Penn Charter
2018
426 9-0
Derry Area
2019
426 9-0
McDowell
2020
426 9-0
Baldwin
2020
426 9-0
Souderton Area
2020
426 9-0
Octorara
2019
426 9-0
Spring Ford
2019
426 9-0
Souderton Area
2019
426 9-0
Shippensburg
2020
426 9-0
Lampeter Strasburg
2019
426 9-0
Susquehannock
2019
426 9-0
Greater Latrobe
2020
426 9-0
Burrell
2019
426 9-0
Souderton Area
2020
426 9-0
Cathedral Prep
2018
426 9-0
Union City Area
2019
481 8-10.25
Valley Speedsters
2020
482 8-10
Chambersburg
2019
483 8-9
Liberty
2018
483 8-9
DuBois Area
2019
483 8-9
Northampton Area
2019
483 8-9
Clearfield Area
2020
483 8-9
Liberty
2019
483 8-9
Otto-Eldred
2018
483 8-9
Parkland
2019
483 8-9
Pleasant Valley High School
2019
483 8-9
Whitehall
2020
483 8-9
James M. Coughlin
2020
483 8-9
Coudersport
2020
483 8-9
Otto-Eldred
2019
495 8-8.25
Mountain Top Track & Field Club
2020
496 8-6
Mahanoy Area
2019
496 8-6
Hughesville
2019
496 8-6
West Chester Henderson
2019
496 8-6
Loyalsock Township
2018
496 8-6
Saucon Valley
2020
496 8-6
Wellsboro Area
2020
496 8-6
Northwestern Lehigh
2020
496 8-6
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2020
496 8-6
Pottsville Area
2020
496 8-6
Cumberland Valley
2019
496 8-6
Elizabeth Forward
2019
496 8-6
Montgomery High School
2019
496 8-6
Downingtown West
2020
496 8-6
Coatesville
2018
496 8-6
Mercersburg Academy
2019
496 8-6
East Stroudsburg Area South
2018
496 8-6
Pottsville Area
2018
496 8-6
Cumberland Valley
2019
496 8-6
Lehighton
2020
496 8-6
Germantown Friends School
2020
496 8-6
Central Columbia
2019
496 8-6
Jersey Shore Area
2020
496 8-6
Williamsport Area
2019
496 8-6
Susquenita
2019
496 8-6
Blue Mountain
2020
496 8-6
Selinsgrove
2019
496 8-6
Palisades
2019
496 8-6
Northampton Area
2018
496 8-6
Tussey Mountain
2020
496 8-6
Harbor Creek
2020
496 8-6
Penns Manor
2019
496 8-6
Ellwood City
2018
496 8-6
Bensalem
2019
496 8-6
Council Rock South
2018
496 8-6
Oley Valley
2018
496 8-6
Wilson (3)
2018
496 8-6
Council Rock North
2019
496 8-6
Susquenita
2019
496 8-6
Millersburg
2019
496 8-6
Saint Joseph's Prep
2020
496 8-6
Norwin
2019
496 8-6
Greater Latrobe
2020
496 8-6
Greater Latrobe
2020
496 8-6
Haverford Township HS
2019
496 8-6
Ridley
2018
496 8-6
Glen Mills Schools
2019
496 8-6
Holy Cross High School
2020
496 8-6
Jim Thorpe Area
2019
496 8-6
Upper Saint Clair
2018

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