(RENO, Nev.) – Los Gatos High senior Greta Wagner figured out the best way to fly free to New York is to soar through Reno, Nevada.
Wagner took full advantage of a special sponsorship opportunity by winning the High School Division of the Pole Vault Summit in Reno on Saturday, earning her a free airline ticket and entry into the famed Millrose Games in The Big Apple in mid-February.
Wagner matched her lifetime best clearance of 13-02.0 on her first attempt at that height on Saturday, tying Nevada’s Alexis Romero for the divisional win.
Meet promoters announced beforehand that the winner of the girls division only — sorry, guys — would earn “the right and the flight” to go to Millrose. When Wagner and Romero finished in a statistical tie, promoters decided to honor their commitment by awarding the prize to both athletes.
On the boys side, Tamalpais’ August Kiles led the California contigent at the vault-only competition, soaring 16-02.00 to place sixth in the championship flight.
Nearly 1,200 competitors from Masters to Beginners level descended in Reno for the highly popular annual event, which included all-day teaching clinics on Friday and all-day competition on Saturday. An elite portion competition of global stars also was featured on Friday night.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS — Overall Best Performers & Leading Californians
(Note: Results from Sections 2 and 3 still missing)
Greta Wagner (Los Gatos HS, CA) 13-02.00 – matches career best!
Alexis Romero (Wooster HS, Nevada) 13-02.00
Meagan Gray (Buda Hays HS, Texas) 12-10.00
Nicole Summersett (Westlake HS, Austin, TX) 12-10.00
Taylore Jaques (Presentation HS, San Jose, CA) 12-04.00
Sierra Maddox (Jackson HS, MO) 12-04.00
Amanda Nichols (Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, CA) 11-04.00 – career best!
Claire Kao (Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, CA) 10-10.00
Lauren Bartsch (Coronado HS, CA) 10-10.00
Diana Fujii (Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA) 10-10.00
Stasia Kubicki (???) 10-10.00
Carly Heffernan (Los Gatos HS, CA) 10-10.00
Lea Fong (Placer HS, Auburn, CA) 10-09.00
Leah Bertuccelli (Union Mine HS, CA) 10-07.00 — huge career best by 19 inches!
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS — Overall Best Performers & Leading Californians
Devin King (J Sumner HS, Kentwood, LA) 17-00.00
Gavin Gautreau (Catholic HS, Baton Rouge, LA) 16-08.00
Harrison Williams (Memphis University HS, TN) 16-08.00
Luke Winder (Plainfield Central HS, Plainfield, IL) 16-08.00
Tommy Dial (Jenks HS, OK) 16-08.00
August Kiles (Tamalpais, Mill Valley, CA) 16-02.00
Paolo Benavides (Franklin HS, El Paso, TX) 16-02.00
Todd Uckermark (Warwick Valley HS, Warwick, NY) 16-02.00
Barrett Poth (Klein Oak HS, Spring, TX) 16-02.00
Mathieu Collet (France) 16-02.00
Connor McLean (Clackamas HS, OR) 15-10.00
Derek Dibona (Warwick Valley HS, Warwick, NY) 15-10.00
Chance Hagar (Pitman HS, Turlock, CA) 15-08.00 — career best by more than a foot!
Jorge Luna-Estes (Mexico) 15-04.00
Jake David (Ventura HS, CA) 15-04.00
Austin Tilley (Basic HS, Henderson, NV) 15-04.00
Chadd Burns (Catholic HS, Baton Rouge, LA) 15-04.00
Matthew Eckles (Corona del Sol HS, Tempe, AZ) 15-04.00
Antoine Denome (France) 15-02.00
Timothy Duckworth (Arcadia HS, Phoenix, AZ) 15-02.00
Drew Pedersen (Apex HS, NC) 15-00.00
Steven French (Cabrillo HS, Lompoc, CA) 15-00.00 — career best by a foot!
Charlie Bush (Poway HS, CA) 14-10.00
Armand Duplantis (8th grader from Louisiana) 14-10.00
Matthew Schwartz (Burroughs HS, Burbank, CA) 14-10.00 — career best by 8 inches!
Tomi Nord (Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA) 14-10.00
David Bean (Lutheran, Orange, CA) 14-10.00
Zachary Nichols (Branham HS, San Jose, CA) 14-08.00 — career best by 8 inches!
Ryan Pust (Golden Valley, Merced, CA) 14-06.00
Parker Curry (Santa Margarita, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) 14-06.00
Carl Johansson (Lutheran, Orange-SS) 14-06.00
Luke Newman (Trabuco Hills HS, Mission Viejo, CA) 14-04.00 — career best!
Mark Nicolas (Mt. Pleasant HS, San Jose, CA) 14-04.00
Jacob Bowler (Del Oro HS, Loomis, CA) 14-04.00
Dion Shattuck (Santa Cruz HS, CA) 14-02.00 – career best by two feet & 2 inches!!!
Nathan Downey (Miramonte HS, Orinda, CA) 14-02.00 — career best 8 inches +!
Halden Comoglio (Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, CA) 13-10.00
Zach Wilson (Buchanan HS, Clovis, CA) 13-10.00 — career best!
Forrest Barcus (Sierra HS, Tollhouse, CA) 13-10.00 — career best by 10 inches!
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