Johnson Is The One To Beat: Top 100+ Boys Pole Vault Returnees

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Caleb Johnson will be on the hunt for a state title and more this indoor season. The Germantown Academy senior had a big junior year after transferring to GA from Phil-Mont Christian. He cleared 16-00 at the indoor state meet, taking a narrow second place on attempts to Payton Morris. Now, he'll look to make this his year.

Johnson went on to win the Emerging Elite division at indoor nationals. Outdoors, he won the Inter-Ac, PAISAA, and Eastern States before his all-conditions PR of 16-01.25, where he placed eighth. Expect another big year for him this winter.

It was a senior-heavy year last year, and no indoor state medalists are back after Johnson. But there's some good talent ready to raise the bar up this season.

State College's Luke Knipe should be in for a strong season. He was 11th at indoor states, but jumped a 15-0 indoors last year. Outdoors, he nabbed a state medal, placing seventh in AAA. He cleared a best of 15-03.5 at outdoor nationals, his all-conditions best. Look for Knipe to contend this winter for the title.

Butler's Jack Codispot is on the rise. He jumped a best of 14-07 last indoor season and qualified for states. Outdoors, he had a great day at the state meet, taking fifth in AAA, the best of any returner. Waynesburg Central's Daniel Layton, another indoor state qualifier a year ago, was third at outdoor states in AA. Layton jumped 13-10 indoors, but 14-06 outdoors.

Council Rock South's John Franco and State College's Patrick Osborne are among the other indoor state qualifiers back this season. Franco cleared 14-00 last winter, but got over 14-9 twice during the outdoor season. He should be a serious factor this season. Osborne jumped 14-01 last season. Northern's Michael Ginder, Central Bucks South's Ryan Ruggiero, and Neshaminy's Dan Dean are among the other returners with jumps over 14 feet from outdoors last year.

Check out the top 100+ boys pole vault returners below:

Pole Vault

Rank Mark Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 16-0
Germantown Academy
2019
2 15-0
State College Area High School
2019
3 14-7
Butler
2019
4 14-1
State College Area High School
2019
5 14-0
Council Rock South
2020
6 13-10
Waynesburg Central
2019
7 13-9
Kennett
2019
8 13-3
Indiana Area
2020
9 13-0
Neshaminy
2020
9 13-0
Council Rock South
2019
11 12-10
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
11 12-10
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
11 12-10
Chartiers Valley
2019
14 12-9
McDowell
2019
15 12-6
Franklin Regional
2019
15 12-6
Central Bucks South
2019
17 12-1
State College Area High School
2021
17 12-1
State College Area High School
2019
17 12-1
Juniata
2019
20 12-0
Beaver Area
2019
20 12-0
Greater Nanticoke
2019
20 12-0
New Hope-Solebury
2020
20 12-0
Schuylkill Valley
2020
20 12-0
Stroudsburg
2019
20 12-0
Unionville
2021
26 11-10
Moniteau
2019
27 11-9
Bradford Area
2021
28 11-7
Penn Manor
2019
28 11-7
Susquenita
2019
30 11-6
Hamburg Area
2019
30 11-6
Bloomsburg
2019
30 11-6
East Stroudsburg Area South
2019
30 11-6
Altoona Area
2020
30 11-6
Bensalem
2020
30 11-6
Bensalem
2020
30 11-6
Kennett
2020
37 11-5
Hempfield Area (7)
2021
37 11-5
Bethel Park
2019
39 11-3
Mercersburg Academy
2019
40 11-2
State College Area High School
2019
41 11-1
Apollo-Ridge High School
2019
41 11-1
South Western
2020
43 11-0
LaSalle College High School
2019
43 11-0
Beaver Area
2019
43 11-0
Jim Thorpe Area
2020
43 11-0
Altoona Area
2021
43 11-0
Council Rock North
2019
43 11-0
North Penn
2020
43 11-0
Camp Hill
2021
43 11-0
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
43 11-0
Fort Leboeuf
2020
52 10-9
Peters Township
2020
53 10-8
Manheim Township
2019
54 10-7
Butler
2019
54 10-7
Susquenita
2019
56 10-6
Saint Joseph's Prep
2020
56 10-6
Wissahickon
2019
56 10-6
Kennett
2021
56 10-6
Lower Dauphin
2019
56 10-6
Methacton
2019
56 10-6
Council Rock North
2020
56 10-6
Southern Lehigh
2019
56 10-6
Friends' Central
2020
56 10-6
Bellefonte Area
2019
56 10-6
Hershey
2019
66 10-4
Altoona Area
2021
67 10-3
Shikellamy
2021
67 10-3
State College Area High School
2020
67 10-3
Corry Area
2020
70 10-1
Manheim Township
2019
71 10-0
Great Valley
2020
71 10-0
Malvern Prep
2020
71 10-0
Moniteau
2020
71 10-0
Central Bucks East
2020
71 10-0
Easton Area
2019
71 10-0
Central Bucks East
2020
71 10-0
South Fayette High School
2019
71 10-0
Perkiomen Valley
2020
71 10-0
Methacton
2020
71 10-0
Delone Catholic
2019
71 10-0
Fort Leboeuf
2021
71 10-0
Mount Lebanon
2020
83 9-10
Altoona Area
2020
83 9-10
Hempfield Area (7)
2021
83 9-10
Bethel Park
2020
86 9-9
Marion Center Area
2019
87 9-6
Archbishop Ryan
2020
87 9-6
West Chester Rustin
2020
87 9-6
LaSalle College High School
2019
87 9-6
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2020
87 9-6
Bensalem
2019
87 9-6
Boyertown
2019
87 9-6
Perkiomen Valley
2019
87 9-6
Hempfield Area (7)
2021
95 9-4
Hempfield Area (7)
2021
95 9-4
Bethel Park
2019
97 9-3
Butler
2021
98 9-1
Hershey
2019
98 9-1
Red Lion
2020
100 9-0
Bensalem
2019
100 9-0
Avon Grove
2020
100 9-0
Penncrest
2019
100 9-0
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2020
100 9-0
Bradford Area
2021
100 9-0
LaSalle College High School
2021
100 9-0
Easton Area
2019
100 9-0
Ephrata
2019
108 8-10
Altoona Area
2020
109 8-8.25
Baldwin
2020
110 8-6
Altoona Area
2021
110 8-6
Dock Mennonite Academy
2020
112 8-4
Altoona Area
2020
112 8-4
Altoona Area
2021
114 8-3
South Fayette High School
2021
115 8-1
Pine-Richland
2019
115 8-1
Butler
2021
115 8-1
Eastern Lebanon County
2021
118 8-0
Archbishop Ryan
2020
118 8-0
Penncrest
2021
118 8-0
Wissahickon
2019
118 8-0
Garnet Valley
2020
118 8-0
Berwick
2019
118 8-0
Council Rock North
2020
118 8-0
Shenango
2020
118 8-0
Friends' Central
2021
118 8-0
Methacton
2021
127 7-4
Bethel Park
2021
128 7-1
Bethel Park
2021
129 7-0
North Penn
2019
129 7-0
Marple Newtown
2020
129 7-0
Lower Dauphin
2021
129 7-0
Upper Darby
2020
133 6-6
Altoona Area
2021
134 6-4
Moniteau
2021
135 1-0
Mount Lebanon
2019

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