Jane McCurry literally vaulted to the top of the charts in Plymouth varsity girls track and field history at Saturday’s Division 1 state finals.
The senior finished first in the pole vault at East Kentwood High School with a mark of 11 feet, three inches, enabling her to become the first state champion in the program’s history.
“For Jane it was a culmination to a great season,” Plymouth head coach Ricky Styes said. “She went undefeated the entire year. Every dual meet, every meet she entered she took first place in.
“It was nice for her to finish out that perfect season at the state meet, exciting for (pole vault coach) Kevin Palmer, exciting for her parents, everybody there.
“Jane’s always kind of been the one we all look to in big meets to perform well. And on the biggest stage she was able to do something that’s never been done in Plymouth school history.”
Joining McCurry as an all-state pole vaulter was senior Sarah Uhlian, who tied for sixth with a 11-3 mark.
Another member of Plymouth’s tight-knit “Space Whales” pole vaulting crew, senior Taylor Rieckhoff, finished in 10th place.
The top seven finishers in the event had marks of 11-3, but McCurry was awarded first place because she “made all of her jumps on her first attempt” where Uhlian needed a third try.
Rieckhoff came close to making it a tri-fecta.
“It was kind of bittersweet for Taylor,” Skyes said. “She was jumping well early on and just had trouble at 11 and didn’t make it. But three of the top 10 girls in the pole vault at the state meet were Plymouth girls.”
Other Wildcats performing, but not placing, included Holly Stark (100 hurdles), Natalie Puckett (300 hurdles), Tionne Johnson (discus, shot put) and Kat Harris (high jump).
“We’ve had a few girls go all-state, but never the state champion,” Styes said. “We haven’t had an all-state track girl since 2008, so we were happy to have them go all-state let alone Jane winning the pole vault.”