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Amanda Moll breaks U.S. prep record by clearing 15-foot barrier

Capital High senior and Northwest Pole Vault Club member, Amanda Moll, sets American Under-20 record and high school all-time mark of 15-1.50 (4.61m) to win the women’s elite section at the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit in Reno. Her twin sister, Hana Moll, also competed, setting a personal-best of 14-9.50 (4.51m).

As soon as Amanda Moll exited the pole vault pit, her twin sister Hana ran over to embrace her. After their embrace, Hana simply exclaimed “Wow!” The Capital High senior and member of the Northwest Pole Vault Club in Washington perfectly summed up what was a historic night at the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit in Reno. The Moll siblings made history by becoming the first high school girls to compete in the women’s elite section of the event.

Amanda Moll made history by becoming the first high school girl to ever clear a height of 15 feet in the pole vault. Competing in the women’s elite division of the National Pole Vault Summit, Moll set a mark of 4.61 meters (15 feet, 1.5 inches) at the Reno Livestock Event Center. Her performance was a clinical masterpiece and a historical moment for Moll, who is the reigning indoor and outdoor national record-holder in the pole vault and a senior at Olympia Capital High School in Washington. This achievement comes after her 5th place finish at the World U20 Championships in August.

 

Hana Moll, Amanda’s twin sister and the reigning World U20 champion in pole vault, also had a successful day at the National Pole Vault Summit, finishing in third place and setting a new national record with a mark of 4.51 meters (14-10). The Molls are considered a twin tandem of superstardom in pole vault and their impressive performances have drawn comparisons to Mondo Duplantis, who reached similar heights in the high school ranks. The sisters are set to attend the University of Washington next fall, and their success in pole vault has many speculating that they may have a chance at Olympic qualification in the future.

By Doug Bouma – Vaulter Magazine – vaultermag@gmail.com

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