Del Oro’s Maneatis, Huber excel at pole vault nationals

Melissa Maneatis and Lance Huber both earned first and second-place finishes, respectively, in the girls and boys pole vault at the recent 2014 National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev.

Maneatis, a junior at Del Oro High School, cleared 11 feet, 10 inches to win the first-place honors in her respective division. Her previous personal record was 11-6.

“I’m so glad to have a new PR (personal record) and I barely missed 12-4 on each of my three jumps so I am happy and very comfortable with 12 feet bars now,” said Maneatis, smiling.

Huber, only a freshman at Del Oro, vaulted 13-2 to earn a second-place finish in his division. He achieved three new personal records, surpassing his previous 12-2 with 12-4, 12-10 and 13-2 jumps.

“I am pleased with my progress especially considering I am competing in two sports now,” said Huber, who plays basketball for the Golden Eagles freshmen team.

Huber also got the opportunity to meet Olympic medalist Jenn Suhr, who brought home gold in the 2012 London Games.

Maneatis and Huber, both college-bound prospects, are looking forward to the upcoming track and field season in the spring.

The vaulters are trained by Curt Roth at his Granite Bay outdoor facility. Roth’s son, Scott, was a three-time high school state champion and most recently won three NCAA titles at the University of Washington and had a third-place finish at U.S. Olympic trials.

“I was pleased with the results of the nationals this year,” Curt Roth said. “We had 15 participants this year, exceeding the record of last year by one. Each year we typically have 10 to 20 percent that no-height and this year we had none. Typically we have 10 to 20 percent that achieve a personal best and this year we had seven out of 15 PR. Out of the remaining eight, we had six equal their best and two that were within 12 inches of their best. These results are incredible and I cannot imagine we could ever surpass a year like we had.

“I want to thank the parents for their support since without that the results would have most likely been different,” Roth added.





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