Del Oro’s Bowler, Maneatis nab indoor state gold in pole vault

The sky could be the limit this track season for the pole vault contingent at Del Oro High school.

That bar in the sky certainly isn’t.

Continuing their fine indoor season last week in Fresno, three Del Oro pole vault athletes all fared well in the California High School Indoor State Invitational “Run For the Dream” meet held at Fresno State’s Save Mart Center.

In the boys varsity division, Del Oro junior Jake Bowler grabbed the first place medal by going over the bar at 15 feet, six inches. According to Del Oro track coach Justin Fee, it marks the first time in school history that Del Oro has had a state track champion.

“It was great to bring home the first place award,” Bowler said. “There was some very good competition there.”

Bowler, who earlier this year jumped 16-5 at the Reno Pole Vault Summit competition, will be looking to best his outdoor mark of 15-8 when the Del Oro High school season begins next month.

“My goal is to get back to the state meet,” said Bowler, who qualified as a freshman but missed the trip to Clovis last June. “We have a strong group of jumpers right now at Del Oro.”

Also competing in the varsity division, Del Oro’s John Harari went 13 feet, six inches to finish in 11th place.

Meanwhile, Melissa Maneatis, a senior at Del Oro this year, fared well in her varsity girls pole vault division.

Maneatis, who has competed in three CIF state outdoor championships and has committed to UCLA on scholarship, went 12 feet even to tie for the first place gold medal. She shared the top spot with Erika Malaspina of Pacific Collegiate in Santa Cruz.




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