Green, Ohio —

At the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl championship celebration in February, future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis punctuated the second title of his career by proclaiming to the assembled crowd of tens of thousands, “That’s two for me. That’s two for me.”

Ray, meet Morgan Estes.

Estes may not have received a parade or an elaborate celebration, but at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I track and field meet, she claimed her second straight pole vault title and, in the process, cemented her status as the most decorated athlete in Green track and field history.

Estes’ triumph closed out an unbeaten season and one in which she was never really tested or pushed by an opponent until the Austintown Fitch regional meet. Her goal of 13-2 to break the state record for all divisions didn’t happen, but a jump of 13-0 1/4 in Columbus gave her the back-to-back championships as well as the meet and state records for Division I.

“I am happy with that,” Estes said. “It wasn’t the all-time record that I wanted to get, but it was the Division I meet and overall record.”

Prior to her record-breaking jump, Green pole vault coach Dan Gourley pulled her aside and told her that his birthday was the next day and that for his special day, all he wanted was to see her break the record. On her next attempt, she cleared the bar and before she even hit the pit on the way down, the celebration had begun.

With two outdoor titles to add to her two indoor state crowns, Estes has gone places even previous Green state champions such as Kelsie Abhe and Carrie Kayes never did. Although both won state titles, neither was able to cap their senior season on top of the podium in Columbus.

“I know from my school, the most anyone has ever won is two and I’ve won four if you count indoor and outdoor, so I think that’s pretty cool,” Estes added. “But I don’t really look at it like, ‘Oh, I’ve done all of that,’ I just know I’ve accomplished what I needed to.”

“We were hoping she would break that senior year curse,” Gourley said.

Gourley, who was the head coach when Abhe and Kayes were competing for the Bulldogs, keeps a poster-size photo of the duo from the NCAA championships on his wall, when Abhe was competing for Indiana and Kayes for the University of Akron. He may want to make room for another poster on that wall if Estes’ upward career trajectory continues.

 Morgan Estes
Morgan Estes


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