PTFCA Indoor States Preview: Boys' Field

Boys' Pole Vault Preview

A trio of boys have separated themselves from the pack in the pole vault this season and it will make Sunday's state meet one of the can't miss events of the day.

The state leader for much of this season has been Payton Morris of East Pennsboro, the runner-up at indoor states last year. Morris has earned nine wins on the season. At the Millrose Games, he really broke through clearing 16 feet for the first time in his career to take the win (16-0.75). He then jumped 16-0 and 16-1 in his final meets of the season, showing he's on top of his game at the right time.

Morris is the favorite, but he'll have a few challengers for the win.

Joe Jardine of Schuylkill Valley, meanwhile, has seen a big improvement this winter. He won at the Kevin Dare Invitational at Penn State and then jumped 16-0 a few weeks ago. Charles Dever of West Chester Rustin has consistently jumped over 15 feet this season. His best of 15-9 came at a TFCAofGP meet a few days after Millrose. Morris, Jardine, and Dever recently matched up against each other at the PTFCA Carnival, with Morris and Jardine both jumping 16-0; Morris took the win on attempts.

Two others have jumped over 15 feet this season. Caleb Johnson of Germantown Academy took third last season as a member of Phil-Mont Christian's team. The GA transfer has performed well at the Armory this season and most recently posted a PR of 15-1 at Lawerenceville. State College's Luke Knipe put down a big PR of 15-0 (his indoor best by over a foot) at a home meet last week. Both will look to contend for the win with big days.

Hershey's Dalton Burnham, Altoona Area's Tyler Delozier, and Butler's Jack Codispot are among the others that will be battling for medals on Sunday in this strong competition.

Boys' Pole Vault Entries:

Event 32  Boys Pole Vault (16)
 Meet Record:  16-03  2/28/2004   Andrew Rademacher, Hickory                   
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Behm, Will                    12 Waynesburg C                
  2  Burnham, Dalton               12 Hershey                     
  3  Codispot, Jack                11 Butler                      
  4  Delozier, Tyler               12 Altoona                     
  5  Dever, Charles                12 W C Rustin                  
  6  Durant, Bryant                12 North Penn                  
  7  Franco, John                  10 C R South                   
  8  Jardine, Joe                  12 Schuylkill V                
  9  Johnson, Caleb                11 Germantown Acad             
 10  Knipe, Luke                   11 State College               
 11  Layton, Daniel                11 Waynesburg C                
 12  Morris, Payton                12 East Pennsbo                
 13  Mullen, Micheal               12 Bish Shanahan               
 14  Osborne, Patrick              11 State College               
 15  Pelusi, Jono                  12 North Allegh                
 16  Showmaker, Randy              12 William Tenn