Merritt Makes SMCHS History with State Championship Title

Sophomore Kaitlyn Merritt closed out her sophomore campaign with a win in the pole vault on track and field’s biggest stage, the California Track and Field State Championships
June 3, 2013
CLOVIS, CA. – Sophomore Kaitlyn Merritt made history on Saturday when she clinched the first ever individual state championship title in school history after clearing the 13’04” crossbar at the 2013 California State Championships. Merritt closed out an improbable sophomore season when she ran the table, never losing a pole vault competition all season long. En route to her state title, Merritt built upon her impressive resume as she added her first Arcadia title, a second league title, a second Orange County title, a second CIF championship, and her first State championship. Merritt led the California rankings from the first meet of the year and maintained the top spot throughout the entire season, while earning the #4 spot nationally. The consummate team player, Merritt spent all season contributing the lion’s share of the team points in both relays as well as open events. Merritt was integral in the team’s success not just on the runway, but on the track as well.
On the boys’ side, junior Parker Curry put the bookend on his banner year with a 3rd place tie at the 2013 California State Championships. Curry did some resume building of his own, dating back to April when he disposed of Pat Luke’s school record of 15’08” set in 2000, after his clearance of 15’09” in a dual meet. Curry’s confidence and vaulting only took off from there as he claimed the 2013 Orange County Pole Vault Championship, the first Orange County Pole Vault title since Brad Slinkard in 2001. Not stopping there, Curry then brought some hardware back to the SMCHS campus when he upset two of the top vaulters in California at the Division III CIF Championships. Parker dethroned the then state leader, Connor Hall of SLO, and Trinity league rival Michael Rovzar of Mater Dei, to clinch the Division III CIF Championship, the first pole vault CIF title since Andrew Prodoehl in 2005.
Like Merritt, Curry possess a wide range of talents, stepping in for an injured Austin Tinsley on both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, and also competed in the 100 and 200 in dual meets, with the insurance of knowing the hurdle events as well.
With their lengthy resumes, Merritt and Curry are also sealing their names in the SMCHS Track and Field history books as they continue to build their Hall of Fame point totals. Merritt as sophomore has now accumulated a total of 67 points. Curry also earned his spot in the Hall of Fame with his accumulation of 29 points with another year left to negotiate.
Pole vault coach Mandie Rowell had the unique privilege of witnessing two of her pupils take the podium at the biggest high school Track and field meet, the California State Championships. With both athletes returning next year (and another for Merritt after that), be sure to tune in next season to see what these athletes can do, the sky is the limit.
-Hall Of Fame Requirements-
In order for an athlete to gain entry into the Santa Margarita Track & Field Hall of Fame they must have maintained a positive academic & disciplinary record during their tenure at Santa Margarita (no periods of academic ineligibility or disciplinary probation). Additionally, once an athlete began their track & field, they must have completed their track participation with no interruptions (i.e. quitting, taking a year off, not competing in a post season meet for which he/she qualified, etc.). Admission to the Hall of Fame will only take place after the completion of the athletes’ senior year of competition & graduation.

In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, the athlete must acquire 17 points in order to be considered for entrance to the Hall of Fame. Of those 17 points, at least 8 points must be earned through individual accomplishments. The athlete must also have earned a minimum of 10 CIF points. Points towards Hall of Fame induction can be earned in the following ways:

California State Meet Champion in an individual event: 10 points
• California State Meet champion on a relay team: 4 points
• California State Meet finalist in a individual event: 7 points
• California State Meet finalist on a relay team: 3 points
• Ranking in Top 100 nationally in an individual event: 5 points
• Ranking in Top 100 nationally on a relay team: 2 points
• Masters Meet qualifier in an individual event: 4 points
• Masters Meet qualifier on a relay team: 1 point
• CIF Champion in an individual event: 6 points
• CIF Champion on a relay team: 3 points
• Orange County Champion in an individual event: 3 points
• Orange County Champion on a relay team: 1 point
• Compiling 15 career CIF Finals points (individual & relay): 3 points
• Compiling 20 career CIF Finals points (individual & relay): 4 points
• School Record holder in an individual event: 1 point
• Santa Margarita Team Captain: .5 point
Please note: Each point total is based upon one accomplishment. For instance: winning 2 separate CIF individual Championships would accrue 12 points (6 points x 2 titles = 12 points).
Also, when calculating career CIF Finals points, relay points awarded to the team are divided by 4 in order to tally the individual’s point total. For example, if a relay team places 2nd at CIF Finals, the team earns 8 points and each member earns 2 towards their career total points ( 8 points divided 4 team members = 2 points)

 

Parker Curry | 2014
Points  |  Year
Ranking top 100 nationally in an individual event – 5 2013
Masters meet qualifier in an individual event – 4 2013
CIF Champion in an individual event – 6 2013
Orange County Champion in an individual event – 6 2013
School record holder in an individual event – 1 2013
California State Meet Finalist in an individual event – 7 2013
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Kaitlyn Merritt | 2015
Points |  Year
California State Meet finalist in an individual event – 7 2012
Ranking in top 100 nationally in an individual event – 10 2012 & 2013
Masters meet qualifier in an individual event – 8 2012 & 2013
Masters meet qualifier ion a relay team – 1 2013
CIF Champion in an individual event 12 – 2012 & 2013
Orange County Champion in an individual event – 6 2012 & 2013
Compiling 20 career CIF Finals points ( individual & relay) – 4 2012 & 2013
School Record holder in an individual event – 2 2012 & 2013
California State Meet finalist in an individual event – 7 2013
California State Meet Champion – 10 2013
From: http://www.smhs.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=314082&id=21
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