PTFCA Indoor States Preview: Girls' Field

Girls' Pole Vault Preview

Not long ago, a 12-foot vault was the mark of a statewide leader or an athlete challenging for a PIAA or PTFCA title.

However, times have changed in this event as 57 girls have cleared 12-0 at least once since 2007, according to MileSplit's database. This year, 10 of the indoor finalists have cleared that height, with one of the few returning event champions looking very difficult to beat Sunday in this event.

Sydney Horn of Manheim Township has posted winning marks of at least 13-0 at seven of her nine indoor meets, with 12-9 and 12-0 being her other marks in 2020. The only blemish on her 2020 indoor season is a second at the Millrose Games, where she cleared 13-5.5. That setback was to US#1 Leah Pasqualetti of Orchard Park, NY, who has cleared 14-3.

Horn's 13-6 win at the PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival and same clearance at Franklin & Marshall earlier is US#3 this year. A year ago, the High Point University recruit won with a 12-6 vault and was 7th as a sophomore at 11-6. She's taken some good cracks at topping the all-time state record, and this weekend, she may look to go after it (13-9.25).

Six in the field enter with season bests of at least 12-7 so Horn should not be alone late in the competition. Liliana Cohen of Germantown Academy is tied for ninth nationally at 13-1.5, while Gabriella Recce of Central Dauphin shares the No. 11 spot with her 13-0 PR.

Chloe Timberg of Central Bucks West, Brooke Corson of Owen J. Roberts and Meghan Hart of Unionville each have at least one more indoor to battle for gold if the senior favorites don't run into issues on the runway.

The bar will start at 10-0 and head up 6 inches at a time. The field of 21 will be challenged early, with big air moments sure to follow on the infield of the Ashenfelter Track.

Event 31  Girls Pole Vault
 Starting Ht. 10' 0"     Increase 6"
 Meet Record:  13-00.25  3/1/2008    Abby Schaffer, Easton Area                
               11-00.00  SGQ State Guideline
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Altonen, Sara                 12 Wilson Area                        
  2  Barcarola, Trina              12 Western Wayne                      
  3  Bond, Annalise                11 Selinsgrove                        
  4  Brewer, Corinn                10 Grsburg Central                    
  5  Cardin, Rileigh               12 Carlisle                           
  6  Cohen, Liliana                12 Germantown Acad                    
  7  Corson, Brooke                10 O J Roberts                        
  8  Grossman, Kendall             12 Moniteau                           
  9  Hart, Meghan                  11 Unionville                         
 10  Horn, Sydney                  12 Manheim Twp                        
 11  Knott, Kalli                  11 McDowell                           
 12  Leister, Brenna               12 Central York                       
 13  Lewis, Laken                  12 Clarion Area                       
 14  Mangahas, Jada                12 Parkland                           
 15  Recce, Gabriella              12 Central Daupin                     
 16  Shriver, Taylor               11 Waynesburg Cen                     
 17  Sitkowski, Olesya             12 Phoenixville                       
 18  Stein, Rory                   11 Methacton                          
 19  Thorne, Kaitlyn               10 Central York                       
 20  Timberg, Chloe                11 CB West                            
 21  Tuley, Mary                   12 Kennett