Ramona High School junior Courtney Jackson cleared 11’3” in the girls pole vault competition at the CIF San Diego Section track and field finals May 25 at Mt. Carmel High School, achieving third place overall and qualifying for the CIF state meet.
Jackson placed second among the Division I pole vaulters.
Courtney Jackson , third from right, earns second place in pole vaulting among Division 1 competitors at the CIF San Diego Section track and field finals May 25. Jackson achieved third place overall, qualifying her for the CIF state meet. Photo/Sherri Cortez
The athletes in the combined Divisions I and II with the top three times or distances in each event at the section finals earned invitations to the state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High School in Clovis. If Jackson vaults high enough at the preliminaries on Friday, she will compete in the CIF state finals Saturday.
“We need to get her on a bigger pole for her to be able to clear 11’9”,” said coach Sherri Edwards.
Jady Tolda from Cathedral Catholic cleared 11’9”. The tie-breaking criteria in the event of identical best distances is fewer misses at lower distances. Hayley Farr of Patrick Henry also cleared 11’3” with no misses at lower distances. Jackson, who cleared 9’3” and 9’9” on her first attempts, missed her first try at 10’3” before clearing 10’9” on her next vault. Jackson missed her first two attempts at 11’3” before going over the bar on her final attempt. Mimi Lian of Rancho Bernardo also cleared 11’3” but had two misses at lower distances to give her fourth place.
“Courtney did well,” Edwards said. “Courtney was very competitive.”